Men’s World Team Champs, Mulhouse, France (8-15 June’13)

Saurav Ghosal fought through the pain barrier to help India become the highest ranked Asian nation at Men’s World Team Squash Championship.

In the play off for 7th position India beat Malaysia 2-0 with Mahesh Mangaonkar & Saurav Ghosal winning in contrasting styles over tough opponents on the final day of the championships. Malaysia finished 8th and Pakistan lost to Scotland to finish 10th in the final rankings. Hong Kong, Kuwait and Japan finished further down the order.

In the quarterfinals, Harinder Pal Sandhu and Saurav Ghosal played out of their skins to stretch the Egyptian maestros in a hard-fought match. Egypt won 2-0 but the score hardly did justice to the incredible performance from the Indian duo. Harinder Pal Sandhu went down to former World no.1 Karim Darwish and Saurav put on a lion-hearted display going down to World no.1 Ramy Ashour.

India’s record at the MWT

1967 – 5th out of 6 teams

1971 – 7th out of 7 teams

1976 – 7th out of 10 teams

1979 – 7th out of 14 teams

1995 – 28th out of 32 teams

2005 – 11th out of 22 teams

2007 – 8th out of 29 teams

2009 – 18th out of 28 teams

2011 – 7th out of 32 teams (moved up 1 as Italy dq.)

2013 –  7th out of 31 teams

About Cyrus Poncha
I was born and lived in Bombay before moving to Chennai in 2001 to coach the Indian national squash team....what a journey its been!!

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