Commonwealth Games 2022 table tennis: Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan take India into men’s team semi-finals

The Indian men’s table tennis team will play Quadri Aruna’s Nigeria in the semi-finals on Monday.

By Ali Asgar Nalwala
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Defending champions India continued their winning run at the Commonwealth Games 2022 with a 3-0 clean sweep of Bangladesh in the quarter-finals of the men’s table tennis team event on Sunday.

The Indian men’s team fielded its top-ranked players Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Harmeet Desai for the first doubles match against Ramhimlian Bawm and Mohutasin Ahmed Ridoy at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre. The Indian TT pair was clinical and won the opener 3-0 (11-8, 11-6, 11-2). 

None of the Bangladeshi table tennis players are ranked inside the top 600 in the ITTF singles rankings. Nevertheless, defending champions India kept their foot down with five-time CWG veteran Sharath Kamal defeating Rifat Sabbir 3-0 (11-4, 11-7, 11-2) in the second match.

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, ranked 35th, then brushed aside the challenge from world No. 602 Mohutasin Ahmed Ridoy to win 3-0 (11-2, 11-3, 11-5) and set up India’s clash against Nigeria in the semi-finals.

In the semi-finals, India will face a strong challenge from the Nigerian men’s table tennis team which has world No. 15 Quadri Aruna in its ranks.

Earlier, the Indian men’s team dominated the group stage with 3-0 wins over Barbados, Singapore and Northern Ireland.

The Indian women’s team, led by their top table tennis player Manika Batra, suffered a major upset against Malaysia after going down 3-2 in the quarter-finals.

The men’s singles and doubles table tennis events at Birmingham 2022 are scheduled from August 3 to August 8.

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