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World’s highest-ranked Indian cricketer G Sathian feels the country is enjoying a golden era in table tennis and believes things will only get better from here.

In the last 6-7 years, India’s men’s team has won gold in the 2018 and 2022 Commonwealth Games. Achnatha Sharath Kamal won the men’s singles gold at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last month, while Sathyan won the bronze medal. India bagged two bronze medals at the 2018 Asian Games, while players like Sharath, Sathyan and Manika Patra have won titles on the WTT competitor circuit.

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“I think this is the golden age of Indian table tennis. We have been winning medals in every category – Men’s, Women’s, Junior, Sub-Junior and Cadet. It’s amazing. India is now a major force in world table tennis,” he said at a press conference on the opening day of the 36th National Games here on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old, who started the medal charge on the international stage alongside Sharad Kamal and Manika Patra, sees great hope and potential in the next row of players.

“In the last seven years, table tennis has become a new sport. It is probably one of the most developed sports in the country,” Sathyan said.

Talking about the role of National Games in furthering table tennis, Sathyan said, “The game gave me a great platform to know where I stood in 2015. When you’re competing in a multisport event, it’s a very different ball game. You learn a lot of things and they help us in big events like Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Olympics.

“For the youth, it is a great platform to test their skills and test themselves under pressure,” Sathyan was quoted as saying by the organizers on Tuesday.

Coincidentally, Sathyan was part of the Tamil Nadu men’s team that won the gold medal in the last Games held in Kerala. This year, Tamil Nadu did not qualify for the eight-team tournament and he admits that the game missed out on a great clash against hosts Gujarat.

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