On Wednesday, Saurav Ghosal made squash history by becoming the first Indian to ever win a singles medal in the CWG.
At CWG 2022, the 35-year-old defeated James Willstrop of England to place third in the men’s singles competition.
With scores of 11-6, 11-1, and 11-4, Ghosal dominated his English opponent for the bronze medal and won the match 3-0 in a lopsided contest.
Indian started off strong. During the opening game, he demonstrated excellent strokeplay and won 11–6. The second game got off to an exciting start with Ghosal holding the advantage. In a one-sided match, he defeated his English opponent 11-1 in the second game.
Ghosal appeared to be a man on a mission who wanted to earn a bronze medal at all costs because it was a one-sided contest. The second game saw Ghosal get off to a strong start, but Willstrop eventually caught up with him. To win the game 11-4, the Indian kept up his form and pace.
Some personal information of Saurav Ghosal
A professional squash player from India, Saurav Ghosal (born 10 August 1986 in Kolkata, West Bengal) peaked at the No. 10 spot in the world in April 2019. Lakshmipat Singhania Academy in Kolkata is where he received his education.
Overview of careers
At the 2013 World Squash Championship in Manchester, England, Saurav made history by becoming the first Indian to make it to the quarterfinals. When he defeated Egypt’s Adel El Said in the British Junior Open Under-19 Squash final in Sheffield, England, in 2004, he became the first Indian to ever claim the prized trophy.
After graduating from high school, Saurav relocated to Chennai, where he attended the ICL Squash Academy and was coached by Major (Rtd) Maniam and Cyrus Poncha. He works out with Malcolm Willstrop at the West Yorkshire Pontefract Squash Club while living in Leeds right now. The National Championships 2006 in New Delhi saw Saurav defeat Gaurav Nandrajog, becoming the current Indian national champion. His PSA world rating is 27, as of May 2010. Siddharth Suchde and Harinder Pal Sandhu, two of his Indian squash teammates, are ranked in the top 100 in the world .
Highest ranking : No. 10 (April, 2019)
Current ranking : No. 15 (December 2021)
Title(s) : 5
Tour final(s) : 9.
World Doubles Championships
- Gold medal : first place : 2022 Glasgow Mixed doubles
- Silver medal : second place : 2004 Chennai Doubles
- Silver medal : second place : 2016 Darwin Mixed doubles.
- Silver medal : second place : 2018 Gold Coast Mixed doubles
- Bronze medal : third place : 2022 Birmingham Singles.
- Gold medal : first place : 2014 Incheon Team
- Silver medal : second place : 2014 Incheon Singles
- Bronze medal : third place : 2006 Doha Singles
- Bronze medal : third place : 2010 Guangzhou Singles
- Bronze medal : third place : 2010 Guangzhou Team
- Bronze medal : third place : 2018 Jakarta Singles
- Bronze medal : third place : 2018 Jakarta Team.
South Asian Games
- Bronze medal : third place : 2016 India Singles.
Asian Individual Championships
Gold medal : first place : 2019 Kuala Lumpur Singles.