In an electrifying showdown, India emerged victorious over their arch-rivals, Pakistan, securing the gold medal in the men’s team squash event.
The day’s hero was Abhay Singh, hailing from Chennai, whose unwavering composure and exceptional performance led to a thrilling 3-2 victory over Noor Zaman in a back-and-forth decider. Singh’s resilience shone as he saved two gold medal points, ultimately tossing his racquet in the air in jubilation.
The experienced Saurav Ghosal played a pivotal role in India’s comeback, securing a 3-0 win against Muhammad Asim Khan, after Mahesh Mangaonkar faced an initial setback, losing the opener to Iqbal Nasir by an identical 3-0 margin.
This victory marked India’s redemption after their earlier defeat to the same opponent in the league stage of this prestigious continental event.
Notably, India had previously clinched the men’s team squash gold in the 2014 edition of the Asian Games held in Incheon. In contrast, Pakistan’s last gold medal triumph in this category dates back to 2010 in Guanzhou.
The triumph of the Indian team in this high-stakes match showcased their exceptional skill and determination, adding another chapter to the historic rivalry between these two squash powerhouses.