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MANIKA BATRA: The current National champion is known for her fine mix of attacking and defensive skills. The tallest member of the Indian ladies team, Manika reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She is seen as one of the firm favourites for the singles gold medal in these games.

MOUMA DAS: The most consistent and experienced member of the Indian team, Mouma has 17 team and individual medals from the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth championships. Known for her unrelenting attack on both flanks, Mouma’s vast experience – she has represented the country in 14 World championships since 1997 – should come handy at this level.

POOJA SAHASRABUDHE: Winner of a few National ranking titles, Pooja came close to beating Manika in the final of the 2016 National final. This 24-year-old from Thane, near Mumbai, has been in and out of the National squads. A very attacking player, she is capable of surprising some of her better known teammates.

K. SHAMINI: A former National champion, Shamini has been consistent at the National level but has very little to show in terms of international performances. She is a very effective player without the body language associated with the champions. With more self-belief, Shamini can be expected to come good at this level.

MADHURIKA PATKAR: A consistent performer but yet to win her first National title. Winner of the women’s singles crown in the 2011 National Games, Madhurika has been part of several National camps. Again, like most Indians, she has not been able to make an impression at the international level. Madhurika is still looking for her breakthrough performance.


A AMALRAJ: A two-time and current National champion, Amalraj has proved his worth even as a competent doubles player by claiming the 2014 Commonwealth Games doubles silver medal with Sharath Kamal. A hard working and attacking player, Amalraj plays regularly in league competitions in Poland. He is an explosive player with a very attractive style of play.

G. SATHIYAN: The most consistent performer at the National level in the past two years, Sathiyan proved his worth in the junior and youth levels. Winner of the 2014 Inter-institutional title, Sathiyan is the current National finalist. After taking a break to pursue his engineering degree, he is back among the elite players of the country.

DEVESH KARIA: After the high of his junior days, Devesh has struggled to make a mark in the senior level. Lacking the consistency of some of younger players like Sathiyan, Harmeet Desai and former National champion Souyajit Ghosh, Devesh has not been able to live up to the promise shown as a junior. He is part of the National squad because on the non-availability of regulars like Sharath Kamal, Ghosh and Desai.

SANIL SHETTY: This left-hander from Mumbai is a former National champion. In and out of the National squad, Sanil has a pleasing style of play. He has victories over all the leading Indian players but struggles to maintain peak form. He has worked hard to become a regular at the National camps in the past few years but remains unpredictable.

SUDHANSHU GROVER: A player with a bright future, Sudhandhu has impressed one and all with his brand of play. This should prove a good experience for this youngster. He gets a chance to be represent India at the senior level due to the absence of some of some of the regulars.



Udaya Ranasinghe: He is considered the next big thing for Sri Lanka in the game. This 15-year-old won the SAF cadet gold in New Delhi last year to prevent India’s gold-sweep. Udaya is a regular on the global junior tour events and is hailed as the future of Sri Lanka’s table tennis. He is probably the youngest to represent the country at these Games.

Rohan Sirisena: A three-time National champion, Sirisena leads the Sri Lankan squad in the South Asian Games. Currently ranked third in the country, he was the member of the bronze-medal team in the Lusofonia Games in Goa in 2014.

Nirmala Jayasinghe: A former National champion and a regular member of the Sri Lankan team, Jayasinghe has the experience to make his presence felt at this level. The 32-year-old will also be seen in doubles.

Chameera Ginige: Chameera has been struggling to live up the promise he showed as a junior. Captain of the National junior team in 2010 and 2011, Chamira was the National School Games winner in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. In the senior ranks, however, he is yet to make an impact. He is consistent enough to be part of the National squad.

Prasad Silva: Another young talent, Prasad has made his way to the team with some consistent showings. Coming from Vidhartha, the same institute as Udaya, Prasad is seen as the talent from the new generation that promises to take Sri Lanka to the next level.