Sports Stats Weekly #7: Indian Squash

Squash is a relatively younger sport in India when you look at all other sports. India is yet to complete 50 years in the sport since its inception in 1967, however, the sport’s recent success stories have brought fame to India. With increasing popularity as a competitive sport, Indian squash players and Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) are in support of Squash being added as a sport starting from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Indian squash women star duo Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal

Indian squash women star duo Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal

Dipika Pallikal is the best Indian squash player and the only Indian to have managed to break into the top 10 in world rankings.

Find that interesting? Let us look at some more glorious achievements of our sportsmen and women in squash.

  1. Indian squash players have won 8 medals in Asian Games

In total, Indian squash players have won 8 medals in the Asian Games, the first of which was a bronze by Saurav Ghoshal during the 2006 Doha games. Since then India has added one gold, two silver and four bronze medals in the following Asian Games in Guangzhou and Incheon respectively.

  1. India has only one Commonwealth Games gold medal

Indian squash players have not had a very impressive run in the Commonwealth games, with Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal winning gold in team championships in 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth games.

The gold by the duo is India’s only medal at the Commonwealth Games.

  1. Indian squash teams have a great record in Asian Championships

India’s record in singles and team events may not be great in the Commonwealth and the Asian Games, but when it comes to men’s Asian Team Championships, Indian squash players have been a force to be reckoned with. Since the inception of the championships in 1987, India has found place in the top four 14 times out of a possible 17! What makes the record even more impressive is that, the last time India did not manage a top four position was back in 1996, making it to the final four 9 times in a row.

The only regret India could carry on their shoulders is their lack of gold at the championships. Indian squash team managed to win silver on two occasions and bronze six times.

  1. WSF Men’s World Team Championship, Kuwait

India has never won any medal at the World Team Championship, which would make you wonder why this even features on the list of achievements. In normal years and under normal circumstances, it would not have featured.

However, the Men’s World Team Championship will be held in Kuwait, and considering the form Indian players are in right now, a podium finish shouldn’t be too difficult to come by.

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