They won and rubbed it in with a galling quip and a maddening smirk. But they no longer possess the old fire that destroyed an opposition even before the first ball in a match was bowled, and thereby hangs a tale.
Lakshya Sen crashed out of the All England Open 2023 men's singles event after losing to Anders Antonsen of Denmark in straight games at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham.
West Midlands Police tweeted they were aware of the event and were working with faith leaders and others to monitor the situation.
The Savita Punia-led India team fought valiantly in the semifinal in the regulation time which ended in 1-1 but missed out on converting their attempts in the shootout.
Das was extremely fast in the race as she clocked timings of 23.42 seconds to book her ticket to the semifinal. At the second was Zambia's Rhoda Njobvu, who clocked 23.85 seconds.
The 25-year-old from Mehas village near Nabha in Punjab lifted 93 in snatch and 119 in clean and jerk
Vandana Katariya (26th, 48th) starred with a brace, while Gurjit Kaur (28th) scored a goal for India. Xenna Hughes (45th) got on the score-sheet for Wales.
The match between India and Australia, played in bright morning sunshine in Birmingham, also marks the debut of women's and T20 cricket in the multi-nation event.