India won the gold medal in men’s team squash event by defeating Pakistan after eight years.


Abhay Singh displayed amazing composure in a topsy-turvy match and achieved the biggest victory of his career by defeating Noor Zaman as top seed India won the gold by defeating arch-rivals Pakistan in a thrilling match in the men’s team squash event of the Asian Games here on Saturday. Won the medal. Before the start of the tournament, the Indian men’s team was expected to hold the top position after eight years, with the biggest challenges facing it being Malaysia and Pakistan. The team led by Saurav Ghoshal was successful in overcoming the challenge of both these rivals and winning the gold.

Against Pakistan, India had lost to the arch-rival in the league stage. Zaman (ranked 113) had defeated world number 69 Abhay in the league stage match and on Saturday too, the Pakistani player was looking dominant for most parts of the match. After Nasir Iqbal’s win in the singles, Ghosal was able to level the score at 1-1, leaving the gold medal to be decided by the match between Abhay and Zaman. The hero of the day was Chennai’s Abhay, who showed amazing composure in a roller-coaster decider to defeat Zaman 3-2. Zaman was leading 9-7 in the fourth game and 10-8 in the deciding game.

But Indian player Abhay somehow came back and registered a memorable victory in the 64-minute marathon match with the scores of 11-7, 9-11, 8-11, 11-9, 12-10. After this victory he threw his racket in the air. Abhay said, “We should have won three nights ago also because our team was better than them. I am happy with today’s victory. There is no time to celebrate because we have matches tomorrow. Ghoshal, India’s highest ranked player at 19, said, “Considering the circumstances, this is definitely the biggest win of Abhay’s career. Abhay turned professional in 2017 and people don’t know much about him but this win on Saturday should change a lot. After the match was tied 2-2, it was clear that he did not need any advice from his teammates. He looked very confident in the first Asian Games.

Earlier, the experienced Ghoshal led India back into the contest with a 3-0 (11-5, 11-1, 11-3) win over Mohammad Asim Khan as Mahesh Mangawankar lost to Iqbal Nasir in the opening match by the same margin (8-11, 2-11. 3-11). In this way, India avenged the defeat suffered by Pakistan in the league stage. India had won the men’s team squash gold medal at the Incheon 2014 stage while Pakistan had last won the gold medal at Guangzhou 2010. Ghoshal is playing his sixth Asiad and now his focus will be to win his first gold medal in the individual event. He won three bronze and one silver medals in singles from the Busan 2002 Asian Games.

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