CWG 2022: Onus on Indian TT contingent to deliver | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

With no shooting, much of India’s medal hopes in an individual discipline at these Commonwealth Games will hinge on the table tennis events, which begin on Friday.
India’s TT contingent arrived in Birmingham with history on their side after a rich harvest of eight medals last year in Golden Coast. All eyes will be on the poster again Manika Batra when India start the action in the first two rounds of the team events at the National Exhibition Center in Solihull.
Batra almost single-handedly put the game in the limelight last time out by winning the country’s first women’s singles gold medal. She also won gold in the women’s team event, as well as silver in the women’s doubles. She marked her authority by ending Singaporean supremacy in 2018.


She remains the only face of Gold Coast as India fielded a completely new women’s team after much drama during the selection process.
Batra, who is the highest rated Indian player this time, remaining in the top 50 in the world, will have to guide Reeth RishyaSreeja Akula and Diya Chitale to see India finish on the podium. However, the youngsters, including reigning national champion Chitale, have shown great promise.
In contrast, the Indian men’s team is experienced with old warhorse Sharath Kamal in the lead. The 40-year-old, who will be competing in his fifth CWG, will have the company of Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shettywho all have a good experience of competition at the highest level.


We could have expected the men’s team to have a better run this time around. In the mixed doubles events, the Sathiyan-Batra pair remain favorites to win gold after missing out in 2018. Sathiyan, who made his CWG debut in Gold Coast, seems a more mature player with Games experience Olympics and Asian Games.
Batra will team up with Chitale this time in the women’s doubles competition.

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