Squash is a popular recreational sport in India. The nation has played ten editions of the MWT. They have a total of 27 wins and 38 defeats in the event with a best result of a 5th position for the first edition in 1967. Their last result was a 7th position in 2013, the same result than in 2011.The India men's national squash team has participated in three quarter finals of the World Team Squash Championships since 1967.
Quarter finalists in the last two events, Saurav Ghosal and his teammates will be one team to watch out for, especially if they can maintain their recent form. Grégory Gaultier himself has put India among the underdogs.
Saurav Ghosal, Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu, Vikram Malhotra and Mahesh Mangaonkar will compose the team for the World Championship.
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India's MWT 2013 result: 7th position
Indias best result: 5th position in 1967
Saurav Ghosal became the first Indian player to claim a place in the world’s top 20 in February 2013 and has continued to be his country’s leading squash player.
Ghosal, from Kolkata, won his first PSA World Tour title at the Otters Open in August 2006.
He also became the first Indian ever to reach the quarter-finals at the World Championship in 2013, narrowly losing out to Ramy Ashour.
Ghosal is coached by Malcolm Willstrop, father of former World No.1 James Willstrop and his career has come on leaps and bounds since Willstrop senior took over the coaching reins. He claimed his 10th Indian Nationals title after downing Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu in 2015's final.
After a succession of runner-up finishes at the back end of 2015, Ghosal finally got his hands on some silverware at the Kolkata International, defeating Marwan Elshorbagy on home soil to lift his first PSA World Tour title in three years.
The Indian lifted the Kolkata International title in September 2015 when he beat former World No.1 Marwan ElShorbagy in the final.
Ghosal also won the Indian Nationals in July 2016 beating Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu in a gruelling five-game contest. The Indian had also won the competition in 2015, where he beat Sandhu as well.
Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu
Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu has proved himself as something of a specialist when it comes to events in his home country of India.
Sandhu lifted his first two PSA World Tour titles at the Indian Challenger series in 2009 but would face a five year wait for his next titles which came at the Indian Circuit.
2014 was also the year that he helped India to a gold medal at the Asian Games.
He shocked Indian No.1 Saurav Ghosal in the final of the Indian Nationals to lift the crown for the first time in November of that year and he reached the final of the Christchurch International Open in in June 2015, losing to Declan James in the final.
Four months later, Sandhu was back in another final on home soil but couldn’t get the better of Mohamed Reda in the pair’s Chennai JSW Indian Circuit clash.
Joined the PSA World Tour in 2015 and went onto win his maiden PSA World Tour title later that year.
Malhotra secured his first title in style when he claimed a shock victory in straight games against number three seed Arthur Gaskin in the final of the Betty Griffin Memorial Florida Open in just his third ever PSA World Tour main draw.
2016 brought more high finishes for the Indian with a runner-up finish at the Texas Open Squash Championship when he lost out to Karim El Hammamy in straight games. The following year the Indian then went onto claim further titles with back-to-back wins at the North of Scotland Open and Abu Dhabi Open when he beat Mahesh Mangaonkar and Youssef Ibrahim respectively.
Mahesh Mangaonkar joined the PSA World Tour in 2009 but had to wait for three years before claiming his first title. It came at the Prague Open and the Indian followed with the IMET Open and the Open du Gard in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
He helped India to a gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games in October 2014 and claimed victory at the Indian Circuit 2 later that month.
Mangaonkar moved into the world's top 50 for the first time in November 2014 but he struggled to recapture his best form the following year despite a runner-up finish at the NSCI Open in the September.
The following year, Mangaonkar went onto reach the semi-finals of both the Contrex Challenge Cup and Victorian Open before reaching the final of the the NSCI Open JSW Indian Squash Circuit, where he finished runner-up to Adrian Waller after four games.
Mangaonkar lifted his first PSA World Tour title since 2014 in 2016 at the Sekisui Open when he beat defending champion Kristian Frost. The following year the Indian finished runner-up at the North of Scotland Open.