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Commonwealth Games 2022: 35-year-old Saurav Ghoshal creates history, becomes first Indian to win a medal in the singles event of squash

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Proud moment for India, India’s star squash player Saurav Ghosal created history in the men’s singles squash event at the ongoing 22nd Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. He has become the first Indian to win a singles medal in squash at the Commonwealth Games. He defeated England’s James Willstrop 3–0 (11–6, 11–1, 11–4) to claim the bronze medal.

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India’s first singles medal in Commonwealth Games

World number 15 Ghosal registered an easy win against the world number 24 player of the host country. This is India’s first medal in the squash singles event at the Commonwealth Games. This is Ghosal’s second medal at the Commonwealth Games. She won a silver medal in the mixed doubles event along with Dipika Pallikal at Australia’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.

From the very beginning, Ghoshal dominated

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Ghosal dominated from the start against Willstrop and the England player had no answer for his game. Wilstrop tried to counter Ghosal in the first game but the Indian did not give him many chances to score points. In the second game, Willstrop’s role was only a spectator and the host country’s player could score only one point in the entire game. There was not much change in the situation in the third game as well and Ghosal continued to dominate and won the bronze medal.

After the win, Ghosal said, “I’m very very happy, it’s a historic day for Indian squash. To be able to do this against a player of this calibre is very special. I’m happy that after all these years I have been able to win this.” he further said, “This was one – a CWG singles medal – that was missing from my collection and I have played three CWGs before and to be able to pull through in my fourth attempt is even more special. I had to wait for so long. ”

Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said, “It is a delight to see @SauravGhosal scaling new heights of success. The Bronze medal he’s won in Birmingham is a very special one. Congratulations to him. May his achievements help boost the popularity of squash among India’s youth.”

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This is India’s first-ever medal in squash singles at the Games. India now have five gold, silver and bronze medals each in the Birmingham Games so far. Let us tell you that this time the Commonwealth Games will be held from 28 July to 8 August. About 72 countries from all over the world are participating in it. From India, 213 players are participating in it.

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