‘World taking notice of Indian players’

‘World taking notice of Indian players’


Deccan Herald

Indian table tennis is on a high after winning all the seven gold medals at the recently-concluded 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships in Cuttack.

Indian paddlers had a historic outing at 2018 Commonwealth Games and Asian Games too. Seasoned Sharath Kamal feels the world is taking note of India’s growing stature in the sport.

Ahead of the third edition of Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT), which kicks off on Thursday, Sharath predicted Indian paddlers to be the favourites. “The first season especially made Indian players believe they can beat the superior foreign players. G. Sathiyan and Manika Batra are the best examples. In season 2, an 18-year-old Manav Thakkar stunned Kristian Karlson.

“This, season more than the foreign players, we are the favourites to beat them. We are not dark horses anymore. So the pressure is on us,” Sharath laughed.

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