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"Perfect blend of youth & experience" - Twitterati laud Achanta Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula for winning CWG 2022 gold medal

Achanta Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula with the gold medal. (PC: Getty Images)
Achanta Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula with the gold medal. (PC: Getty Images)

A 40-year-old Achanta Sharath Kamal and 24-year-old Sreeja Akula combined like well-oiled machines to win the gold medal in the table tennis mixed doubles category at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 (CWG 2022) in Birmingham.

Achanta Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula beat the Malaysian pair of Javen Choong and Karen Lyne 3-1 (11-4, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6) on Sunday (August 7) to finish first on the podium.

Sharath and Sreeja were at their best during the match as they made sure the Malaysians had no room for any comeback. The Indian duo started strong and the first game was a breeze with Sharath and Sreeja triumphing 11-4.

What the Indians did was seize the advantage early and keep building on it. Both Sharath and Sreeja complemented each other well in their game and never allowed the Malaysian pair to read them well.

Read: CWG 2022: Achanta Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran win silver medal in doubles

The second game saw the Malaysian paddlers putting up a tough fight and making a stunning comeback, winning 11-9.

However, the duo were not bogged down by going back on level terms. Sharath and Sreeja played some aggressive shots and upped the ante. Their attack and defense were equally sharp and they made short work of the Malaysian pair to win the third game 11-5 and go 2-1 up.

Malaysia, needing to win the fourth game, tried to stay in the hunt but the Indians were wary enough not to give the Malaysians any opening. Sharath Kamal and Sreeja were agile and placed their shots to perfection as they clinched the fourth game and won the gold medal with relative ease.


Fans congratulate Achanta Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula

Fans took to social media to congratulate the Indian duo. It was Sharath Kamal's first mixed doubles gold medal in his fifth Commonwealth Games appearance.

Here are some of the reactions:

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐Œ๐ž๐๐š๐ฅ ๐–๐ž ๐‹๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐Ÿฅ‡โค๏ธA perfect blend of Youth and Experience in the form of #SreejaAkula and #SharathKamal rewards us with a Gold Medal in Table Tennis Mixed Doubles ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ#BirminghamMeinJitegaHindustanHamara ๐Ÿซถ#CWG2022 #B2022 #SonySportsNetwork https://t.co/b2kIZE9A0i
#CWG2022 #B2022 #TableTennis Even after all these years, Sharath Kamal has time for firsts. His first mixed doubles gold medal at his 5th Games appearance (with Pushpa celebration). Big smile on Sreeja Akula's face after her earlier heartbreak. A brilliant journey to gold!๐Ÿฅ‡ https://t.co/C0r5iLysYY
lovely to see a combination of 40 year old veteran and a 24 year old emerging star take home the TT mixed doubles gold #CWG22
#B2022, Table Tennis: Oh,, how much did Sreeja Akula deserve that gold medal..She had played her heart out until now at the 2022 CWG with nothing to show..But a XDs gold with the legend himself, Sharath Kamal can be a definitive moment in her career..A๐Ÿฅ‡medal to savor for both๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
Commonwealth Games 2022#TableTennisGold for India!!!!!Mixed Doubles pair of Achanta and Akula wins a fabulous Gold for India defeating Malaysian pair of Javen and Karen by 11-4,9-11,11-5,11-6 https://t.co/h5ksrAuJzk
GOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLDDDDDD!!!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿฅ‡No. 2 for Sharath, and thoroughly thoroughly deserved by Sreeja!!! She has been a complete workhorse this CWG...#B2022
@sharathkamal1 and Sreeja Akula Win Team ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณโ€™s 18th ๐Ÿฅ‡ in the ๐Ÿ“ Mixed Doubles Table Tennis defeating Javen Choong & Karen Lyne of ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ 3-1 @birminghamcg22 #EkIndiaTeamIndia #B2022 https://t.co/eT7iVv3axt
What a powerful display of skill at the TT Mixed Doubles Finals at #CWG2022 as India's Sarath Kamal and Sreeja bag the Gold. Congratulations to this team that has shown great promise throughout the tournament and added another Gold to India's medal tally. https://t.co/Ckc27TeVrn
๐Ÿฅ‡ for this ๐Ÿ” duo! ๐Ÿ”ฅSharath Kamal & Sreeja Akula produce a fantastic performance to defeat the Malaysian pair 3๏ธโƒฃ-1๏ธโƒฃ in the mixed doubles gold medal match at #B2022 ๐Ÿ‘ #IndiaAtB2022 | @WeAreTeamIndia https://t.co/mxW0NckWb7
What an amazing performance by Indian Table Tennis Mixed Doubles pair of @sharathkamal1 and sensational #SreejaAkula clinching GOLD Medal at #CommonwealthGames2022Congratulations Achanta & Sreeja!#Cheer4India #CWG22 https://t.co/MdeBvnuYN0

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