Saurav Ghosal, a senior squash player from India, made squash history on August 3 at the Commonwealth Games 2022 when he won the country’s first-ever individual squash medal for men.
Ghosal won his first CWG singles medal in the men’s singles squash match, defeating England’s James Willstrop 11-6, 11-1, 11-4.
Meanwhile, Saurav Ghosal in an interview with senior journalist Boria Majumder on Revsports said, “At that time there were lots of emotions going through if we see the context of the match this is the history that’s for India if we win the single Madel.
I have played with James Willstrop and also, and he is my training partner over the years and also, I have learned lots of things from him, hence it was one of the toughest moments in my career. Therefore, there was a lot of emotion going through at that time that I won for India squash and Indian sports.”
Further, he also added that way back in 2006 we got our first Bronze Medal in Asian Games from there we have learned and progressed lots of things and we are a lot Competitive on the world squash map. And also, I think this single Madel at commonwealth games I have won from here we can dominate world squash.
Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal
However, At the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Thursday, the top-seeded squash team of Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal easily defeated Wales’ Emily Whitlock and Pater Creed, winning 11-8 and 11-4 to advance to the mixed doubles quarterfinals.
Pallikal and Ghosal’s potent forehand and adept backhand proved to be too much for the Welsh team.
Teams were tied 6-6 after an intensely contested first game. The officials also had a difficult time making the calls for no let and stroke because there were four players on the court.
India was behind 3-4 when the opposition was given a stroke, and Pallikal did not appear to be happy about it.
In the second game, Pallikal’s forehand was even more deadly. The Indians quickly jumped out to a 9-4 lead from 2-2, and Pallikal blasted a forehand winner to seal the victory.
A day after making history by winning the first singles medal for India in CWG history, Ghosal also had a spring in his step. The Indians, who earlier this year won the world doubles championship, are favorites to take home the gold.
Anahat – Youngest Athlete at Commonwealth Games 2022
Anahat, a 14-year-old from Delhi who also won a round in the women’s singles, made several precise winners during the contest. Sunayna and Anahat will face Donna Lobban and Rachael Grinham of Australia in the pre-quarterfinals, which will be a more challenging test for them.
The current world champions in women’s doubles, Joshna and Pallikal, are predicted to win their second gold medal in CWG history. Ghosal made history on Wednesday when he became the first Indian to bring home a singles medal at the Commonwealth Games.