|Sharath Kamal Achanta Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 1 in|
|Date of Birth||July 12, 1982|
Sharath Kamal Achanta is an Indian professional table tennis player who is widely regarded as one of the greatest table tennis players ever produced by the country. He won the ‘Gold’ medal at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games in the men’s singles and the men’s team events, the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games (men’s doubles), the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (men’s team), and the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games (men’s singles, mixed doubles, and men’s team). He had clinched the ‘Silver’ medal at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in the men’s doubles event, the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (men’s doubles), and the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games (men’s doubles). Sharath had also secured the ‘Bronze’ medal at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games in the men’s singles and the men’s team events, the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (men’s singles), the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games (men’s team and mixed doubles), and the 2021 Doha Asian Table Tennis Championships (men’s team and men’s doubles). For his services to table tennis, the Government of India honored him with the Arjuna Award (the 2nd-highest sporting honor in India) in 2004 and the Padma Shri (the 4th-highest civilian honor in India) in 2019.
Sharath Kamal Achanta
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
He splits his time between Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Sharath had attended the Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Nungambakkam School in his hometown of Chennai. After his high school graduation in 2000, he joined Loyola College, a private Catholic higher education institution run by the Society of Jesus in Chennai.
Professional Table Tennis Player
- Father – Srinivasa Rao (National-Level Table Tennis Coach, Former State-Level Table Tennis Player)
- Mother – Annapurna Rao
- Siblings – Rajath Kamal (Younger Brother)
- Others – Muralidhar Rao (Uncle) (National-Level Table Tennis Coach, Former State-Level Table Tennis Player)
He is represented by SportWise India, Athlete Management & Sports Consultancy Firm, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Right-Handed, Shakehand Grip
6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm
82 kg or 181 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Sharath has dated –
- Sripoorni SK (2009-Present) – Sharath got married to Sripoorni SK on July 27, 2009. The couple has 2 children together – a son named Tejas and a daughter named Suyasha.
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Slightly overgrown, side-parted, wavy hair
- Affable smile
- Clean-shaven look
Sharath Kamal Achanta Facts
- Sharath was introduced to table tennis by his father when he was just 4 years old. His father, along with his uncle Muralidhar Rao, used to teach him the nuances of the sport.
- They used to train him before and after school, every day. By the time he turned 16, Sharath had started participating in state-level competitions.
- He holds the record of being the first Indian table tennis player ever to have won the senior national championship 10 times, surpassing the previous record of 8 titles held by Kamlesh Mehta.
- In August 2007, he became the first Indian to win the Pyongyang Invitational Tournament. It was the 21st edition of the tournament.
- In 2010, when Sharath won the Egypt Open, he became the first Indian to ever win a singles title on the ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) Pro Tour. At the same event, he also captained the Indian men’s team to the team title by defeating hot favorites and 9-time champions England.
Featured Image by Sharath Kamal Achanta / Instagram