Big ranking boost for Indian table tennis players


Gold medal winning performances by the Indian men’s and women’s in the recently concluded World Table Tennis Team Championship in Kula Lumpur has helped them climb in the ladder in the latest ITTF rankings.

Indian women paddlers, K Shamini and Manika Batra played a key role in notching up eight consecutive wins for the team during the championship to finish with a gold and also helped India secure a Champions Division place in the next World Championships to be held in 2018.

Shamini has seen the biggest improvement in her ranking, she has jumped 45 places and has broken into the top 200 bracket to be at the 183rd position from a previous position of 228.

Manika and Mouma Das have also improved their rankings by 26 and 15 spots respectively and reigning national champion Manika has moved up to 134 from 160. Veteran Moumais placed at 151th spot, from a previous ranking of 166th.

Male paddlers Harmeet Desai and Achanta Sharath Kamal have also benefitted the most, having gone up 14 and 12 places respectively. Before the World Championships, Harmeet was at 130, but with good performances particularly against Brazil that won India the gold, he is currently ranked 116th.

Experienced Sharath has moved up 10 places from 69th to 59th position. He had reached his peak last year at Suzhou World Championships and was ranked 32.