Achanta Sharath Kamal is a famous Indian table tennis player. He is considered to be the first Indian table tennis player to win the senior national champion title for nine consecutive years. On this, he broke the record of eight-time national champion Indian table tennis player Kamlesh Mehta.
Achanta Sharath Kamal was born on 12 July 1982 on Monday.age 40 years; by 2022) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. His zodiac sign is Cancer. Soon after completing his schooling, he started doing B.Com. degree at Loyola College, Chennai. He belongs to a family of famous Indian table tennis players. His father, Srinivasa Rao, and his uncle, Muralidhar Rao, are notable table tennis players, working as coaches for budding table tennis players in India. Sharath Kamal was four years old when his father and uncle introduced him to table tennis. His initial training and practice began under the guidance of his father and uncle.
When he was fifteen, his father gave him the option of continuing his studies and becoming an engineer or practicing table tennis professionally so that he could take up table tennis as a career. Sharath took up table tennis and started practicing the sport under his father. However, Sharath took a long time to make a good impression on the national level TT selectors. His aggressive playing style involved a lot of risks which affected his consistency while playing the game.
Height (approx.): 6′ 2″
Hair Color: black
Eye Colour: black
parents and siblings
His father’s name is Srinivasa Rao, and he was a former table tennis player and coach.
His mother’s name is Annapurna and she is a housewife.
He has a younger brother named Raj Kamal.
wife and children
Sharath Kamal married Sripoorni SK on 27 July 2009. She is a housewife.
The couple has a son and a daughter.
Sharath Kamal was selected for a 16-member training camp during the 2002 Commonwealth Games. This training helped him understand the game so that he could improve his performance. As a result, in 2002, he qualified for the finals of the national championship, and became a part of the Indian national team. In 2003, he participated in the national championship and won his first title. In 2004, she participated in the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships and won her first international medal. As a result, he qualified for the 2004 Athens Olympics. He then participated in five consecutive national championships and won a title in each. In 2006, he participated in the Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne and won a gold medal in the singles TT match. During the same championship, he won another gold medal in the men’s team match.
In 2007, Sharath Kamal participated in the Pyongyang Invitational Tournament, which was held in Pyongyang, North Korea and became the first table tennis player to participate in the same. In the same year, he participated in the Japan Pro Tour and defeated his rival Lee Jung-woo of South Korea. Lee Jung-woo was in the 19th world ranking when he was defeated by Sharath. In 2008, he participated in the Beijing Olympics and became the only Indian male table tennis player to compete in these Olympics. In 2010, Sharath Kamal won the US Open Table Tennis Men’s Championship held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, defeating his rival Thomas Keenath of Slovakia in a match that spanned seven games. In the same year, he participated in the Egypt Open and won the championship by defeating his rival Li Ching of Hong Kong. After winning this championship, he became the first Indian to win a singles title on the ITTF Pro Tour. During the ITTF Pro Tour, as team captain, he helped his team win the championship by defeating England, who were the tour favorites and nine-time champions.
In 2010, he participated in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and won a gold medal in men’s doubles with his partner Subhajit Saha.
The following year, he played for team TSV Grfelling during the Table Tennis Bundesliga (TTBL) tournament. In the same tournament, he teamed up with the SV Werder Bremen team in 2012. In 2013, he joined Borussia Düsseldorf in Germany, one of the best clubs for table tennis in Europe. In 2016, during the Asian Olympics, he defeated Iranian player Noshad Alamian in the qualifier round and qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics. However, he had to face defeat in the first match at the Rio Olympics. In 2018, he participated in the Commonwealth Games, which were held in the Gold Coast and won the gold medal in the men’s team event along with his teammates Anthony Amalraj, Harmeet Desai, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Sanil Shetty. During the same championship, he won a silver medal in the men’s doubles with his teammate Sathiyan and a bronze medal in the men’s singles event.
In 2020, he won the ITTF Challenge plus Oman Open by defeating his rival Marcos Freitas from Portugal. On this victory, he won a title at the ITTF event after a decade long wait. Sharath Kamal was defeated by Ma Long of China in the third round of men’s singles at the Tokyo Olympics on 27 July 2021.
: These winners of Sharath Kamal against Ma Long will surely blow your mind #end
— Olympic Games (@OlympicKhel) July 27, 2021
In 2021, he won a gold medal at the 83rd Senior National Table Tennis Championships in India.
On 2 August 2022, Sharath Kamal and his Indian men’s table tennis team won the gold medal by defeating Singapore 3–1 in the final of the Commonwealth Games held in Birmingham, England.
- Gold medal in TT men’s singles in Melbourne
- Gold medal in TT men’s team in Melbourne
- Gold Medal in TT Men’s Doubles in Delhi
- Bronze medal in TT men’s team in Delhi
- Gold Medal in TT Men’s Team at Gold Coast
- Silver Medal in TT Men’s Doubles at Gold Coast
- Bronze medal in TT men’s singles at Gold Coast
- Bronze medal in TT mixed doubles at Gold Coast
- Gold medal in TT men’s team in Birmingham
- Two bronze medals at the 2018 Asian Games
Awards, Honors, Achievements
In 2004, he was awarded the Arjuna Award.
In 2019, he was awarded the Padma Shri award.
Sharath Kamal owns a customized Royal Enfield Bullet.
Facts / Trivia
- He follows a non-vegetarian diet.
- Apart from being a prominent table tennis player, Sharath Kamal is a fluent motivational speaker. He is often invited by many famous public speaking platforms to deliver motivational speeches.
- Sharath Kamal likes to spend his free time with his family members when he is not competing in the event and practices table tennis. Traveling to distant places is his favorite recreational activity.
- According to Achanta Sharath Kamal, he is inspired by former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and his playing style. He often met Sachin on various occasions and events.
- He is quite active on various social media platforms. He is followed by more than 29k people on Instagram. He has more than 15k followers on Facebook. He often posts pictures and videos on social media.