India has so far won only 3 medals in the squash events of the CWG
Squash was first included in the CWG in 1998.
India has not got a single medal since then
Birmingham. Aiming to win medals in all categories, the Indian squash team has reached Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games, where Saurabh Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa will make their last attempt to break the myth of singles medals. 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 this could be their last Commonwealth Games as well.
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. They have again reached British soil as strong contenders for the title. He also won the world title earlier this year. Now the mother of twins, Deepika made a stunning comeback by winning the mixed doubles title at the World Doubles Championships in April, teaming up with Ghoshal.
Unfulfilled dream of winning medal in singles
All the top squash teams except Egypt are part of the Commonwealth Games. India is yet to win a medal in singles, but Joshna and Ghoshal will leave no stone unturned this time. Deepika has not yet started playing in singles after her return.
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Ghosal was asked if India would 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 is tough in the Commonwealth Games. It is not easy to win a medal here.
India prepared under the supervision of former world number-1
Ghosal was last seeded third in the Commonwealth Games, but was out early. He doesn’t want to put extra pressure on himself by thinking about it. He said, “I am not thinking about the 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 Anahat Singh. All eyes will be on his performance. Last month, in the Asian Junior Squash Championship, she won the title in the girls’ under-15 category. Anhat has so far won 46 national circuit and two national titles. He has eight international titles to his name so far. Apart from them, Sunayana 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, Sunayana Kuruvilla, Anhat Singh
Women’s Doubles: Dipika Pallikal / Joshna Chinappa
Mixed Doubles: Sourav Ghoshal / Dipika Pallikal, Ramit Tandon / Joshna Chinappa
Men’s Doubles: Ramit Tandon Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu, Velavan Senthilkumar / Abhay Singh.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 26, 2022, 14:10 IST