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Sharath Kamal Achanta Biography: From Local Hero to Global Legend

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Brimming with lightning-fast reflexes and an unyielding determination, Sharath Kamal Achanta has emerged as an indomitable force in the realm of table tennis. Hailing from India, this exceptional paddler has conquered the sport through unparalleled skill and unwavering dedication. Exhibiting finesse with his right-handed shakehand grip, Sharath Kamal’s dynamic playing style has captivated fans worldwide. His scintillating performances on grand international stages and triumphant gold medal victories in the Commonwealth Games stand as a testament to his resilience and raw talent. With each commanding stroke, he leaves spectators spellbound, cementing his status as an icon in the sphere of table tennis. In this blog, we will look at Sharath Kamal’s journey, achievements, medals, awards, family, etc.

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About Achanta Sharath Kamal

Name Achanta Sharath Kamal
Nationality Indian
Date of Birth July 12, 1982
Age 40
Place of Birth Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 82 kg
Wife Sripoorni SK
Playing Style Right-handed, Shakehand grip
Highest World Ranking 30th
Current Ranking 51st (June 2023)
Achievements A Total of 7 Gold, 3 Silvers, 3 Bronze in Commonwealth Games, Bronze Medals in Asian Games & Asian Championship
Awards
  • 2004: Arjun Award
  • 2019: Padma Shri
  • 2022: Khel Ratna Award

Journey

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Hailing from a humble background, Sharath Kamal Achanta has always been a family man. He started playing Table Tennis at the age of 5 with his father and uncle coaching and guiding him. What started as a hobby soon turned into a passion after he began attending coaching sessions post Kindergarten. He not only learned the tricks and nuances of the sport from his first coaches but also learned about the importance of discipline, hard work, and perseverance. Since they had already produced some great national-level players, it was pretty easy for Srinivasa Rao (father) to get Kamal great exposure and often pitted him against senior players at practice.

One often reaches a point where they are presented with two options and they have to choose what path to embark upon. Kamal encountered such a situation in class 10 when he was asked to choose between engineering and Table Tennis. Two completely different roads laid with uncertainty and roadblocks.  Kamal decided to go the TT way and hasn’t looked back ever since. His numbers and trophy cabinet speak volumes of his success and he couldn’t have done it without the support of his parents.


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Sharath Kamal Family

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Sharath Kamal Achanta, along with his wife Sripoorni, daughter Suyasha and son Tejas

Sharath Kamal Achanta’s family stands as the backbone behind his remarkable table tennis journey. With their unwavering encouragement and unwavering belief, they have fueled his quest for greatness, propelling him to soaring heights. He is married to Sripoorni SK and the couple has 2 children (1 daughter and a son).


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Sharath Kamal Achanta Career

Sharath Kamal Achanta is no alien to setting new records. As it turns out, he has been doing it as early as 2004. Currently ranked 51st in the world rankings, Kamal won gold in the men’s singles event of the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships. Owing to his staggering domestic record and first major success at the international level, Kamal was awarded the Arjuna Award at the age of 22 in the same year. Since then Sharath has been a role model for the young stars of the Indian Table tennis team. The Player feels confident when he is in the team and looks up to him for inspiration.

Sharath Kamal Achanta at CWG, Melbourne

Sharath Kamal has had an imposing CWG record. It all started in 2006 when we won 2 gold medals at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. The first Gold came in the men’s singles event as he beat the crowd favorite, William Henzell in the finals. The men’s team Gold followed soon after. Kamal and Co. beat Singapore in the final.

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Sharath Kamal won 4 gold medals at the CWG games for India

2007

The very next year, in 2007, Kamal achieved a feat no other Indian had at the time. He became the first Indian to clinch the Pyongyang Invitational Tournament title held in Pyongyang, North Korea.

He then replicated his impressive performance in the Japan Pro tour where he beat world no. 19, Lee Jung Woo of South Korea to register one of the most victories of his career.

2010

The 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games hold a special place in every Indian’s heart. The host nation finished second with a staggering 101 medals and the Indian paddlers played an instrumental role. Sharath Kamal couldn’t clinch the country a medal in the men’s singles event but was too quick to make up for the lost opportunity by winning 2 medals. In the men’s doubles event, he partnered with Subhajit Saha to bag the gold medal and then won the silver medal with his teammates in the team event.

2018

The 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will go down as one of the most successful performances for Indian Table Tennis players in the history books. Out of 9 medals events, the Indian clinched 7. Sharath Kamal alone won 3 of them. He teamed up with Anthony AmalrajHarmeet Desai, and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran to clinch Gold in the men’s team event. He then partnered with Sanil Shetty in the men’s double to bag the silver medal. His wait for a Commonwealth single’s medal finally came to an end after winning Bronze at Gold Coast. A complete and dominant performance by the stalwart of Indian Table Tennis, it was a victory of epic proportions.


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2022

At the prestigious WTT Contender Doha 2022, Sharath Kamal Achanta showcased his brilliance by securing a bronze medal. The 40-year-old table tennis maestro continued his winning streak at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, clinching a remarkable four medals (4 Gold and 1 Silver).

Sharath Kamal Achanta in Olympics

Sharath Kamal has conquered numerous events and tournaments, but he is yet to make his mark on the biggest stage of them all, the Olympics. The Indian Table Tennis, in general, has had an appalling record in the Olympics. He couldn’t win a medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and shockingly enough, he was the only Indian TT player who could cut the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Once again, he returned empty-handed.

Fast forward to the Rio Olympics of 2016, Sharath Kamal was suffering from a grueling hamstring injury and his participation in the Games looked highly unlikely. However, it wasn’t going to stop every strong-willed and determined Sharath Kamal. A 6-month rehab ensured his return. Unfortunately, his journey came to an end in the first round itself as he lost to Adrian Crisan of Romania.

In Tokyo Olympics 2021, he succumbed to the experienced three-time Olympic champion, Ma Long of China, in a five-game encounter. Despite the loss, Sharath Kamal’s tenacity and skill on the table showcased his competitive spirit and solidified his status as a top contender in the world of table tennis.

Sharath Kamal Achanta: List of Achievements

Commonwealth Games

Event Singles Doubles Mixed Doubles Team
 2006 Melbourne Gold QF Gold
 2010 New Delhi Bronze Gold R16 Bronze
 2014 Glasgow 4th Silver QF 4th
 2018 Gold Coast Bronze Silver 4th Gold
 2022 Birmingham Gold Silver Gold Gold

Asian Games

Event Singles Doubles Mixed Doubles Team
 2006 Doha R16 R32 R32 GS
 2010 Guangzhou R16 R16 R16 QF
 2014 Incheon R32 R16 R32 QF
 2018 Jakarta-Palembang R16 Not Held Bronze Bronze

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Sharath Kamal Achanta Awards

  • Arjuna Award- 2004
  • Padma Shri- 2019
  • Khel Ratna- 2022

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FAQ

Who is Sharath Kamal Achanta?

Sharath Kamal Achanta is an Indian TT player and one of the country’s most accomplished athletes in the sport. He has represented India in various international competitions and has achieved significant success throughout his career.

When was Sharath Kamal Achanta born?

Sharath Kamal Achanta was born on July 12, 1982.

What are some of Sharath Kamal Achanta’s notable achievements?

Sharath Kamal Achanta has attained numerous remarkable feats. Among his notable accomplishments are securing medals at the prestigious Commonwealth Games and emerging victorious in various international tournaments, collecting coveted titles along the way.

What is Sharath Kamal Achanta’s playing style?

Sharath Kamal Achanta has a right-handed shakehand grip and is known for his dynamic playing style.

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