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‘Maybe, we need more Manika Batras than Sharath Kamals’

DNMUM419961 | 8/9/2018 | Author : Rutvick Mehta | WC :1340

As he leads TT contingent in Asiad, India’s highest-ranked paddler Sharath Kamal talks about current boom of sport in country, factors behind its rise and why he feels Manika is bigger star

Sharath Kamal might have been the flagbearer of Indian table tennis for a good part of two decades, but he has no qualms in admitting that the flag has seemingly switched hands.
Young Manika Batra’s astounding 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG) success story not only gave Indian table tennis a new star but a number of eyeballs that took the sport to a never-seen-before high in the country.
“In 2004, I had said we need superstars to promote table tennis in India,” Sharath says. “I had also said that I hope I was the one. But, Manika is bigger than me, I would guess, because I couldn’t make the sport as famous as she has been able to. So, maybe we need more Manika Batras than Sharath Kamals,” he adds with a chuckle.
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