This post will be talking about the Famous Indian table tennis players who have brought laurels to the country.
One of the loved and enjoyed sports of the nation is table tennis.
Not all of you may be aware of how well played a game that is by the Indian subcontinent.
Read ahead now to find out about some popular table tennis players of India that have existed and currently play too.
Indian Table Tennis Players
These are the few amongst the Greatest Indian Table Tennis Players India has produced. There are other incredible Indian players but this post restricts to 8 players in no particular preference order.
Merely 25 years of age, this Indian tt player, originally from the state of Chennai, (and one of my favourite) has been able to earn a rank of being number 49 in the world. This is a commendable achievement, given that he was nowhere near the 100 to say the least, a few months back.
Talking about his national ranking, you get no goodie points for guessing that he is indeed number one. Don’t start thinking that sports are his only avenue of excellence. You would be surprised to know that he is also an engineer.
He is a right-handed paddler who has won several tournaments such as the Belgium Open 2016 and the Spanish Open 2017, to name a few. At present, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran is supported by the GoSports Foundation. This has been made possible through the Rahul Dravid Athlete Mentorship Programme.
2016 Won the Belgium Open table tennis title
2016 Only the second Indian table tennis player to win an ITTF even
2017 Won bronze in ITTF Challenge - Thailand, ITTF Challenge - Belgium,ITTF Major - Swedish; Silver in ITTF Major- Bulgaria in doubles men category.
2017 Won gold in the ITTF Challenge - Spanish Open, in Almeria in the men's singles category
2018 Defeated 27th-ranked Yuya Oshima, to enter men's singles pre-quarterfinals of the ITTF Wold Tour Platinum Qatar Open.
2018 Received the TOISA Table Tennis player of the year award
2018 Defeated Yuya Oshima to enter men's singles pre-quarterfinals of the ITTF Wold Tour Platinum Qatar Open
Achanta Sharath Kamal
The South of India is known to be a production house of people excelling in all fields. Similar is the case with Achanta Sharath Kamal.
Born on 12th July 1982, Sharath Kamal is one of the best Indian table tennis players that the nation has ever had. He is a professional player form the state of Tamil Nadu, and at present, his rank is 48 on a global basis.
With many achievements in his kitty, he is also the proud owner of an Arjuna award. For those who do not know, this is one of the highest awards to be given to a sportsperson. At present, he lives in Germany and plays for club Borussia Düsseldorf.
A little insider fact about the education of this shake-hand grip player is that he is an ex-student of Loyola College, Chennai. No wonder the Indian tt team admires this achiever!
2004 Arjuna Award Holder
2004 Gold Medal in Men's singles in 16th Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship in Kuala Lumpur
2004 and 2006 Represented India in 2004 Olympics in Athens and 2006 Asian Games at Qatar
2006 Gold Medal Commonwealth Games which was held in Melbourne
2007 Won Pyongyong Invitational Tournament held at Pyongyong, North Korea
2008 Only Indian Men's Table Tennis player who was selected for the Beijing Olympics.
2010 Won US Open Table Tennis Men's in Grand Rapids, Michigan
2010 Sharath Kamal won Egypt Open Table Tennis championship.
2010 Got Gold Medal in Men's doubles in Commonwealth Games, New Delhi
The 21st century is truly the age where women have been able to gain prominence and come at par with men.
This is why we just cannot miss Manika Batra when we make a list of the top Indian table tennis players names. This is a name that you must be aware of already.
However, continue reading to brush up a few facts about her and be a little prouder of her.
Manika Batra was born in Delhi, the capital of the Indian subcontinent, on 15th June 1995. As of now she is just 23 years old and regarded as the top-most female table tennis players in the country.
On a global perspective, she is ranked 58. Her playing style is shake-hand grip, and she has played at many sports meets such as the Commonwealth Games, South Asian Games, and the renowned Summer Olympics. With such an outstanding record at such a young age, it is truly commendable what the youth is achieving.
2011 won the silver medal in the under-21 category of the Chile Open
2014 Represented India at Commonwealth Games at Glasgow as well as Asian Games
2015 Won three medals at the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships.Silver in the women's team event as well as the women's doubles event and bronze in the women's singles event.
2016 Won three gold medals at the South Asian Games
2016 Qualified for the women's singles event
2018 Led the Indian women's table tennis team to the gold medal in the final against Singapore at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
2018 She and Mouma Das won India's maiden silver medal in the women's doubles category at the Commonwealth Games
2018 Became 1st Indian woman to bag a commonwealth table tennis individual gold medal in Commonwealth Games
West Bengal is one of those states of the country which is still synonymous with culture and talent. This is why it comes as no surprise that sports are also one of those avenues where the state has been able to gain prominence.
One such player hailing from West Bengal is Soumyajit Ghosh. Born on 10th May 1993, he is just 25 years old and had interestingly started his training at table tennis at the tender age of merely 5.
Soumyajit is a right-handed player and also became the youngest national champion by beating Sharath Kamal when he was just 19 years old. Last year, that was in 2017, he became the third Indian player to win an ITTF event.
2010 World Junior Championships in Bahrain, he won the mixed doubles bronze medal.
2013 Soumyajit Ghosh created history by becoming the youngest national champion ever by beating six-time champion Sharath Kamal in the finals of the 74th National Table Tennis Championships.
2013 Soumyajit Ghosh also won the singles event in the U-21 category at the Brazil Open in Santos
2014 Reached the quarter finals of both men's singles and doubles in commonwealth games. He also reached the semis of the team event.
2014 Won gold medal in mixed doubles and men's team event as well as a silver and bronze in men's singles and doubles respectively in Lusofonia Games
2016 Soumyajit Ghosh has been qualified for the Rio Olympic.
2016 Arjuna Awardee
2017 Soumyajit Ghosh won the ITTF Challenge Seamaster Chile Open singles event
Born on 3rd January 1983, Paulomi is nothing less than a role model for thousands of young girls across the nation and many more across the world.
Hailing from the state of West Bengal, she is someone who had earned the opportunity and privilege to play at the Commonwealth Games, the Sydney Olympics as well as the Indian Opens.
All of this has been possible through her tremendous dedication and ranked 2 when it comes to the senior Indian tt team players.
She is married to the men’s counterpart, that is the number 2 rank for men's players in India, Soumyadeep Roy. Well, she has won some awards and accolades, and her collection of medals includes gold, silver as well as bronze. These are some of the most valued Indian table tennis players the nation swell with happiness.
1996, 1998 and 1999 Won three junior national championships
2005 National Championship, (Bronze)
2006 Women's Team, SAF Games, (Gold)
2006 National Championships, (Gold)
2006 Women's Doubles, US Open, (Silver)
2006 Women Singles, National Championship, (Silver)
2006 Commonwealth (Bronze)
2006 Women's Doubles, SAF Games, (Gold)
2007 National Championship, (Gold)
2007 Women Singles, National Championships, (Gold)
2007 Commonwealth Championship, (Bronze)
2009 Arjuna Awardee
2010 Commonwealth (Silver)
Mouma Das was born on 24th February 1984. Born in the month of love, she is an Indian athlete who is loved and respected by all.
While she too hails from the dynamic state of West Bengal, she has some medal and awards to her credit. Besides many medals from the Commonwealth Games, she has also been at the receiving end of the Arjuna Award.
For those who do not know, this is the second highest respect that can be earned by any Indian athlete.
She has also partnered with Manika Batra, and the duo has created magic by being the first Indian pair to win at the World Table Tennis Championship 2017.
Thus, it comes as no surprise that they are the highest ranked double paddlers in the scene of it. The Indian tt player rankings have always been great. Of all the Indian table tennis players her breakthrough journey and perseverance is commendable.
For Total number or Year
Most Participation in World Championship by an Indian and Asian TT Player 16
Most Medals in Commonwealth TT (Games and Championship) by an Indian TT Player 19
Most Gold hat-trick in Senior Nationals (Team, Single, Double and Mixed Doubles) 7
Most Gold in South Asian Games by a TT Player 8
Single's Gold hat-trick in South Asian Games by a TT Player 2004, 2006 and 2016
Most Gold Medals in Senior Nationals (Team, Single, Double and Mixed Doubles) 32
Most number of Finalist in senior National (Team,Single,Double and Mixed Doubles) 51
Highest number of representation for Indian Team 1997 onward
Commonwealth (Games and Championship) Most number of finalist Indian women TT player 2010(1) 2013(1) 2015(3) and 2018(2) - 7 Times
Twice medals in all 4 events of Commonwealth TT Championship 2013 and 2015
World Table Tennis Championship Gold in Team Events (2nd Division) 2004 and 2016
Total number of Gold in National & International Events 100+
Amalraj Anthony Arputaraj
Coming from Tamil Nadu but belonging to India, this is an Indian table tennis team player who was born on 24th January 1986 and is presently 32 years old.
Having received the Arjuna Award in the year 2017, he also has some other achievements to his name. to begin with, he has been able to beat Sharath Kamal and emerge victorious against such a brilliant player.
Talking of his latest achievement, just this year, in 2018, he won at the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia. He has been a professional player since long, and that explains his collection of medals.
2012 Won the National Table Tennis Championship in January
2014 Won silver medal at Commonwealth Games in doubles with Sharath Kamal.
2017 Arjuna Awardee
2018 In Commonwealth Games held at Gold Coast, Australia, he won gold medal in men's team event
Going by the nickname of Poo, she is an outstanding player who was born on 13th September 1991.
She has been playing table tennis since a young age of just 9. Her style of playing is the right-handed shake-hand grip. In February 2016, Pooja was ranked to be number 3 in India in the women’s single category.
At present, she is a member of the national team. In 2018, she also won gold at the Commonwealth Games with Manika Batra and Mouma Das to name a few of her fellow players. The Indian table tennis players list is incomplete without her.
2006-07 U-17 Junior Girls Singles National Champion at Cuttak, India
2008 Silver Medal in the Women's Doubles Event at the Commonwealth Youth Games held at Pune India
2009-10 U-21 Youth Girls Singles National Champion at Raipur, India
2010 Gold Medal in Women's Team Event and Silver Medal in Women's Doubles event at the South Asian Games .
- Bronze Medal at the ITTF World Tour, Morocco Open
2014 Gold Medal in Women Team Event and Bronze Medal in Women's Doubles at 3rd Fajr Cup , Tehran Iran.
2014 Member of the Indian National Women's Table Tennis Team for the World Team Table Tennis Championships at Tokyo Japan
2015 Member of the Indian National Women's Team for the Asian Table Tennis Championships at Pattaya Thailand.
2016 Won 2 Gold Medals in Team Event and in Mixed Doubles event at the South Asian Games held at Shillong India.
2016 Member of the Indian National Women's Table Tennis Team for the World Team Table Tennis Championships at Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
2018 Won a gold medal in Commonwealth Games in Women's team event.
These Indian table tennis players have become an inspiration for millions of other aspiring players. What often happens is that due to the widespread popularity of other sports, table tennis in India is often concealed in the shadows.
This is why it is essential that people read about such inspirational players and feel that they too can achieve such great height of success with hard work.
Indian table tennis players, as you can see, have been pivotal in establishing the nation’s supremacy about sports. The subcontinent needs more of such determined and devoted individuals who have the zeal to go against all the odds and win, not just for themselves but every other citizen of the country.
The Indian table tennis team welcomes all aspiring achievers with open arms.
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