Achanta Sharath Kamal (born 12 July 1982) is an Indian professional table tennis player. He is the first Indian table tennis player ever to become ten times Senior National Champion hence breaking the record of eight times National Champion Kamlesh Mehta. In 2019 he was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award.
|Full Name||Sharath Kamal Achanta|
|Sport Category||Table Tennis|
|Date of Birth||12 July, 1982|
|Hometown||Chennai, Tamil Nadu|
|Coach||Srinivasa Rao (L) & A Muralidhara Rao|
|Ranking||Highest: 32 (May 2021) Current: 14 (April 2017). Won the men’s singles gold in the 16th Commonwealth table tennis championship held at Kuala Lumpur in 2004.|
|Achievement||First Indian table tennis player ever to become nine times Senior National Champion. In 2019 he was awarded received the Padma Shri. Arjun Awardee. Won the US Open Table Tennis Men’s championships held at Grand Rapids, Michigan in July 2010. won the gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.|
|Parent||Father: Srinivas Rao. Mother: Annapurna|
|Children||Daughter: 1 Son: 1|
|Alma Mater||PSBB Nungambakkam school|
Achanta Sharath Kamal – Early Life, Family and Background
Achanta Sharath Kamal comes from a humble family residing in Chennai. He was introduced to table tennis by his father at the age of 4. Sarath’s father along with his uncle Muralidhar Rao taught him the technical aspects of the game and prepared him to be a professional paddler.
|Date of Birth||12 July 1982 (Monday)|
|Age (as of 2021)||39 Years|
|Birthplace||Chennai, Tamil Nadu|
|Hometown||Chennai, Tamil Nadu|
|College/University||Loyola College, Chennai|
|Relationships & More|
|Marriage Date||27 July 2009|
Sharath couldn’t handle his mental attitude as he would always want to win rather than accept defeat. Defeat was something he often got frustrated about. His father and his uncle helped him with mental conditioning. Sharath’s uncle had put a strict rule on him so he could deal with his frustration. He had spent his time practicing table tennis with his uncle before and after school every day.
At the age of 16, Sharath Kamal began his professional career and participated in competitions at the state level. Sarath Kamal has always been in top form since his foray into professional table tennis.
Sharath is married to Sripoorni and has two children. She currently resides in Düsseldorf, Germany. He is an executive officer of the Indian Oil Corporation.
Achanta Sharath Kamal Biography
After his success in state meets, Sharath advanced to the national level. In 2003, Sarath became National Champion for the first time at the National Table Tennis Championships. Between 2004 and 2019, she won 8 national titles and eclipsed Kamlesh Mehta’s record of 8 titles at the 2019 National Table Tennis Championships.
In 2007, Sharath won the Pyongyang Invitational Tournament and became the first Indian paddler to win the tournament. At the 2010 US Open Table Tennis Championships, she defeated the defending champion, Thomas Keinath, in the final to claim the championship title.
Since 2010, Sharath has been part of the German Bundesliga table tennis league (not to be confused with the German soccer Bundesliga) and currently plays for Borussia Dusseldorf.
When it comes to net Worth, We dont have exact information regarding his income.
Achanta Sharath Kamal Achievements
- In 2004, at the 16th Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship, Kamal won the men’s singles gold at Kaula Lumpur. The same year, he was honoured with the prestigious “Arjuna Award” by the Government of India.
- He won a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
- At Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2010, he won the US Open Table Tennis men’s championships.
- He defeated Hong Kong’s Li Ching at the 2010 Egypt Open; Thus became the first Indian to win a singles title on the ITTF Pro Tour.
- At the Commonwealth Games of 2018, Kamal bagged a gold, silver and bronze medal in men’s team, men’s doubles and men’s singles event.
- Bagged bronze medal in both men’s team and mixed doubles at 2018 Asian Games, held in Jakarta.
- Honoured with the fourth highest civilian award, Padam Shri in 2019.
- Won Gold medal in Men’s Team TT Final, Commonwealth Games 2022
Arjuna award Recipient 2004
Sharath Kumar is a tailor-made sportsman for Table Tennis. After Kamal won gold in the men’s singles event of the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships in Kuala Lumpur in 2004, he was awarded the fourth highest civilian award Arjuna Award. He became an Arjuna awardee at the age of 22, and since then, he has been setting records. Kumar has become a national icon and an idol for many young kids.