Sharath: 'Looking forward to win the gold here like in 2006'

The Indian men's table tennis team beat defending champion Singapore in the semifinals.

Sharath Kamal has given India a chance of a double in the table tennis team event.   -  AFP

Defeating defending champion Singapore 3-2 in the men’s team semifinals of the Commonwealth Games on Monday (April 9) was no mean task, and India achieved it, thanks largely to veteran Sharath Kamal, who pulled off victories in his two singles matches, winning them by 3-0 margins.

Indian players sounded ecstatic and said they were looking forward to the final scheduled Monday evening Indian Time.

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Sharath said, "Happy to be in the final and looking forward to win the gold here in Australia like in 2006."

G. Sathiyan, who did his bit by winning the crucial third match, the doubles with Harmeet Desai, said: “Really happy that we won the crucial doubles. Sharath (Kamal) was as usual at his best. It was a close match with Gao Ning (Sathiyan lost to Ning in the fourth rubber) playing good. Hope to do better in the final.”

“It is a wonderful feeling to beat the defending champion in the semifinal,” said Harmeet. I hope we can continue to play well in the final.”