India has won only 3 medals so far in the squash event of CWG
Squash was first included in the CWG in 1998
India has not won a single medal since then
Birmingham. With the Indian squash team aiming to win medals in all categories, the Indian squash team has reached Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games where Saurabh Ghoshal and Joshna Chinappa will make their last attempt to break the myth of winning a singles medal. The trio of Dipika Pallikal, Joshna and Saurabh have been carrying the responsibility of the Indian squash team on their shoulders for the last 15 years. All three have worked hard for the Games this time as it could be their last Commonwealth Games.
Squash was included in the Commonwealth Games for the first time in 1998 and since then India has won only three medals. These include the historic gold medal won by Joshna and Deepika in Glasgow eight years ago. He has again reached British soil as a strong contender for the title. He also won the world title earlier this year. Dipika, the mother of twins, along with Ghoshal has made a spectacular comeback by winning the mixed doubles title at the World Doubles Championships in April.
Dream of winning medal in singles unfulfilled
All the top squash playing teams except Egypt are part of the Commonwealth Games. India is yet to win a medal in singles, but Joshna and Ghosal will leave no stone unturned this time. Deepika has not started playing singles yet after her return.
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Ghosal when asked whether India will have the best chance of winning a medal in singles in 2022. To this he said, “It is expected that we have made a lot of progress since we started playing 20 years ago. The challenge in the Commonwealth Games is tough. It is not easy to win a medal here.”
India made preparations under the supervision of former World No.
Ghosal was given the third seed in the Commonwealth Games last time, but he was dropped early. He doesn’t want to put extra pressure on himself by thinking about it. He said, “I am not thinking of a draw, last time I made such a mistake. I want to focus on one match at a time.” India practiced under the supervision of former world number one Gregory Gaultier in Chennai before leaving for Birmingham.
The Indian women’s team also includes 14-year-old Anhat Singh. All eyes will be on his performance. In the Asian Junior Squash Championships last month, she won the title in the girls’ under-15 category. Anhat has so far won 46 national circuits and two national titles. He has eight international titles to his name so far. Apart from them, Sunaina Kuruvilla, Abhay Singh and V Senthilkumar will also participate in the Commonwealth Games for the first time.
The Indian team is as follows:
Men’s Singles: Saurav Ghoshal, Ramit Tandon, Abhay Singh
Women’s Singles: Joshna Chinappa, Sunayna Kuruvilla, Anhat Singh
Women’s Couple: Dipika Pallikal / Joshna Chinappa
mixed doubles: Saurav Ghoshal / Dipika Pallikal, Ramit Tandon / Joshna Chinappa
Men’s Couple: Ramit Tandon Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu, Velavan Senthilkumar / Abhay Singh.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 26, 2022, 14:10 IST