Sharat recently spoke with TimesofIndia.com about this and more.
To become the country’s most successful athlete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in what was his fifth appearance at the Games is an achievement based purely on resilience and process. And the fact that his younger teammates joined him on the podium — for the men’s team gold, men’s doubles silver (with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran) and the mixed double gold (with Sreeja Akula), speaks volumes about how Sharath not only took his own game to the next level, but also played a key role in helping others ascend with him.
How he keeps doing it year after year as he keeps raising the bar is something Sharath himself can answer best, and he did it in a way as precise as his forehand in this interview with TimesofIndia.com.
Two CWG gold medals, 16 years apart, not many can do it…
It really is an alien feeling. It’s a mammoth task to do it 16 years in a row. But if you look at my chart, I’ve always been there. It’s not like the other times I lost in the first rounds or the second rounds. Of course I played the (CWG singles) final again (after 16 years), and I haven’t had a singles final lately, but I’ve been there.
This time I wasn’t sure if I would win a gold medal; but there was a chance i could do it because the players above me are the ones i had beaten (in the past), so i had a good chance against them. But at the same time (I knew) it will mainly be the performance on that particular day that will decide who will be the winner.
Sharath Kamal (AP Photo)
India defended the gold medal from the men’s team, but you personally didn’t have a good start to your campaign because you lost your match in the final against Singapore. Did it shock you?
No not really. At the end of the day it is the team competition and the team must win. It really doesn’t matter. It’s about building the team. The victory in the semi-final was also an important one. It gave me a lot of confidence that I beat Nigeria’s top seeded player (Aruna Quadri). I knew I was on the right track. That match (defeat in the final) was a one-off. It can happen, but it didn’t bother me.
A motivational interaction with Hon. PM @narendramodi ji yesterday at his home. Support fully extended https://t.co/WPTFiqWZhC
— Sharath Kamal OLY (@sharathkamal1) 1660452352000
It was an honorable meeting with the Minister of Sports Shri. @ianuragthakur ji! Thank you so much sir for giving your value https://t.co/EVVmED2XOI
— Sharath Kamal OLY (@sharathkamal1) 1660216961000
Winning the mixed doubles gold with Sreeja Akula must have been just as special…
Sreeja had a great tournament (CWG). The tournament has given her a lot of confidence. She was a completely different player from start to finish. The rise of Sreeja was clearly visible. In the mixed doubles category, we combined well, had a good relationship. We both individually had a good faith that showed on the table. It was very, very important that we could bring that form from singles to (mixed) doubles.
Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula (PTI photo)
Did you surprise yourself with a whopping three gold medals in Birmingham?
I never thought I would win three gold medals. I hoped I could win medals of any color. Winning 3-4 medals is what I was looking for. One or the other fell into place. We won the team gold, got a lot of confidence. That ‘juggernauted’ (us) in the doubles and individual categories.
What will you attribute this milestone achievement to?
It has a lot to do with peaking at the right time and gaining that confidence. It didn’t happen overnight or all of a sudden, like we didn’t know how we were doing it. That (sort of) happened in 2006. I don’t know how it happened (then), it just happened. But this time there was a clear process of reaching a peak in time, with both body and mind working together and reaching the best level. In the end we came out with success.
A wonderful conclusion to the process at the Commonwealth Games. An honor to carry the flag through the tournament and https://t.co/NiVbNs49q6
— Sharath Kamal OLY (@sharathkamal1) 1660039926000
Do you mean to say that the 2006 Sharath was unbridled brilliance and 2022 is all about process and planning?
Yes a lot. It’s just been that way. Many things were taken into account (this time), many things were under control. We were constantly working on some kind of schedule that we will have and tried to simulate that with back-to-back matches. It was almost in sync with the whole. So everything was very well planned.
Filled with gratitude and happiness at another Commonwealth Games, and my best too. Have won a gold medal in https://t.co/402lI66rpg
— Sharath Kamal OLY (@sharathkamal1) 165996984000
But your consistency has remained unmatched. Manika Batra had a dream 2018 CWG but couldn’t hold that level in Birmingham. What is the secret behind Sharath Kamal doing it year after year?
By constantly adapting and getting out of the comfort zone, taking on a challenge and constantly working forward. I think there is a healthy internal competition where we try to push each other to get better. That is also something that helps me.
Sharath Kamal (photo from Reuters)
You already mentioned before you flew to Birmingham that the 2024 Olympics in Paris is an important part of your next set of goals. Have you thought about life beyond that point?
I’ll stick to the game. The game is my identity. I haven’t decided what exactly I’m going to do yet. But I will be there to help these children, guide them, build a structure or a system for the younger generation.
As you enter the twilight of your career leading up to the Paris Olympicshow sure are you of the generation that will take over?
I don’t have to worry. It (the future of Indian TT) is in good hands. These guys will do better than what I did. As I said, there is a good bond, a good team spirit and at the same time there is good internal competition among us to keep pushing us all forward. These guys will do well. There is no doubt about it.
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