Saurav Ghosal: The first Indian men’s squash player to rank amongst Top 10 in the world!

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Being the first from your nation to scale a peak is a big moment. Saurav Ghosal achieved the unique feat of becoming the first Indian squash player to break into the top 10 in the men’s rankings. 16 years after turning professional, the 32-year-old finally reached his career-best rankings. It’s a story of struggle and hard work. Ghosal started his career while playing at the Kolkata Racquet Club in his younger days. After school, Ghosal moved to Chennai to play at the ICL Squash Academy where he was mentored by the legendary Indian squash star Cyrus Poncha.


Saurav immediately started making waves and won the junior national title for 3 straight years. He also became the junior world number 1 and was the first Indian to achieve that feat. In fact, there are many firsts associated with Ghosal. After turning professional, he won bronze for India at the Doha Asian Games 2006 which was the first ever medal for India in Squash.

The 32-year-old kept pushing and became the first Indian to reach the quarterfinal of the World Squash Championship 2017. Later in 2018, Ghosal hit the purple patch as he won a silver in the men’s singles at the Asian Games in Incheon. He wasn’t done yet and then won gold for India, it’s first ever at Squash in Asian Games. India won gold in the team event despite having nations like Kuwait in the field.


Ghosal’s feat of reaching the top 10 in the world rankings is considered major as the Indian squash circuit was always dominated with results from Joshna Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal, The duo achieved top 10 rankings much earlier in their career but for Saurav to achieve this at the age of 32 is no easy feat  The success came after Ghosal reached the quarterfinals of the PSA World Championships in Chicago and another quarters berth at the Grasshoppers Cup in Switzerland.


Written by: Yash Chawla. Yash is former Anchor of NDTV with over 9 years of experience as a sports journalist.

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