Squash is not a popular game in India. It is a racquet sport played by two or four players in four walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball. In 2013 Joshna was the first Indian to win the British Squash Championship title in 2013 in under-19 category and Saruav Ghosal became the first Indian ever to win coveted British Junior Open Under-19 Squash title in 2004. Deepika won her first medal in 2011.
The trios of Deepika Pallikal, Saurav Ghosal and Joshna are the current stars in the game and have done the country proud by winning the medal at the highest level of competition. The top female Indian squash player Deepika Pallikal won the bronze medal at the recently concluded Asian games in Incheon in singles. She and Joshna Chinappa were the doubles partner were team members which won the silver medal in team event losing to Malaysia in the finals. In Commonwealth games Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa were doubles partner which won the first ever gold medal in Squash. Saurav Ghosal also won the silver medal in individual event in 2014. He was the first ever Indian squash player to win the medal for the country in the recently concluded Asian games and also a part of winning the gold medal in team event in Asian games 2014.
The pair of Deepika Pallikal and Joshna Chinapppa have done exceptionally well by performing consistently at international tournaments. In recent times Deepika Pallikal has won 3 tournaments in a row. She has 7 win titles in her career. Joshna too have 7 titles in her name. Saurav Ghosal has 5 titles to his name. He had done well by winning bronze at Asian games 2006, bronze in singles and team event in 2010.
The achievements of Deepika Pallikal, Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal have opened gates for other youngsters to take interest in the game. Other Indian squash players like Harinder Pal Sandhu, Mahesh Mangaokar have also performed well. They have showed that Indian squash can compete at top level and given proper infrastructure, training and finical support many more Indian players will join these great players for India.
The future of Indian squash looks bright and safe. But all the squash players train outside the country as there are neither facilities of international standards nor the coaches for the game. The Squash Racket Federation of India must ensure that they are enough academies for these players so that they can train in India.
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