Indian paddler Sharath Kamal eyes medal at Asian Games

Vastavam web: India’s ace paddler Sharath Kamal says he is in the “best phase” of his career and is eyeing a medal in the upcoming Asian Games.The continental showpiece is scheduled to be held in Indonesian capital Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 to September 2.”We are in the final phase of our preparations, the last two months which will see us play a lot of matches, UTT is here, after this the Australia and Korea Open which are Super Series tournaments,” Sharath told.Sharath excelled in the Commonwealth Games gone by in Gold Coast, winning a gold, silver and bronze medal. The veteran also impressed in the World Championship.

“The World Championship was my career’s best performance. The way I played there, all the players from around the world came up to me and congratulated me for the touch I was in. “I made the highest number of points that an individual could ever make, even more than the World Number 1 Ma Long or Timo Boll.”We finished 13th compared to 25th last time. A lot of people have a wrong impression that the World C’ships weren’t as great for us but the comparison is too big, in terms of being the world champions from the CWG champions. We had a fantastic run there, personally, moving from 25 to 13 is a great achievement,” he noted.

Sharath is leading the Warriors TTC in the ongoing UTT league, which began in Pune last week, and credited it for the improvements in his game.”After last year’s UTT season, it gave us that impetus to do better. However, the platform has to be consistent and if it stays so then we will have more youngsters watching us, the foreign players and will get inspired to get better and make us a better Table Tennis nation,” the paddler from Tamil Nadu said.