India's top paddlers Manika Batra and G Sathiyan attained their career-best world rankings in the latest chart released by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). Manika, who became the first Indian woman to win a singles gold at the Commonwealth Games, moved up two spots to take the 53rd position.
Manika, the 23-year-old Arjuna awardee clinched four medals — two golds, a silver and a bronze — at the Commonwealth Games. In addition, she secured a historic bronze in mixed doubles event, partnering with Sharath, at the Asian Games. She remains the only Indian to feature in the top 100.
Sathiyan, on the other hand, moved up one place to claim the 35th spot. He had claimed three medals in Commonwealth Games and a bronze (men’s team event) in the Asian Games. “Highest ever world ranking #WR35 yet again in the latest ITTF World ranking list for November 2018 !!” Sathiyan tweeted; depicting his happiness.
Veteran Achanta Sharath Kamal, who clinched a historic team gold at the Commonwealth Games along with silver and bronze in men’s doubles and singles at the 18th Asian Games, remained firm at 31st spot. Kamal is still the highest ranked Indian in the list.
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega