The Indian Contingent for the Commonwealth Games 2022 is all set and rooting to go. A total of 332 athletes will be taking the flight to England. The games begin on the 38th of July. India ended third in the games held in 2018 at Gold Coast in Australia. England and Australia were the teams that were ahead of India. So, who are the top contenders for us this time around? Who are the athletes that will take the limelight and will also take the gold home? Here is an overview of what these games have in store for all Indian sports fans:
Indian Women’s Cricket Team for the Commonwealth Games 2022:
This is the first time that Women’s cricket will feature in the commonwealth games. The cricket games will be played in the T20 format, which happens to be the shortest form of the game. The 15-member squad chosen is as follows:
Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana (VC), Shafali Verma, Sabbhineni Meghana, Tanya Bhatia (wk), Yastika Bhatia (wk), Deepti Sharma, Rajeshari Gayakwad, Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Thakur, Jemimah Rodrigues, Radha Yadav, Harleen Deol, Sneh Rana.
The team will have a good chance in this tournament to win a medal because the team is filled with strikers and quick scorers. Pooja Vastrakar, Shefali Verma, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Harleen Deol! All of them like hitting the ball big!
Indian Athletics Team for the Commonwealth Games 2022:
The Athletics contingent also has a few exciting names. Avinash Sable is definitely in with a good chance for a medal in the steeplechase. Olympic medalist Neeraj Chopra will be looking to make an impact once again. He will be challenged by his Pakistani rival. The list of athletes is as follows:
|Avinash Sable||3000m steeplechase|
|Murali Sreeshankar||Long Jump|
|Muhammed Anees||Long Jump|
|Praveen Chitravel||triple jump|
|Abdulla Aboobacker||triple jump|
|Eldhose Paul||triple jump|
|Tajinderpal Singh Toor||Shot Put|
|Neeraj Chopra||Javelin Throw|
|DP Manu||Javelin Throw|
|Rohit Yadav||Javelin Throw|
|Sandeep Kumar||Race Walk|
|Amit Khatri||Race Walk|
|Noah Nirmal Tom||400m|
|S Dhalalakshmi||100m and 4x100m relay|
|Jyothi Yarraji||100m hurdles|
|Aishwarya B||Long Jump and Triple Jump|
|Ancy Sojan||Long Jump|
|Manpreet Kaur||Shot Put|
|Navjeet Kaur Dhillon||Discuss|
|Manju Bala||Hammer Throw|
|Sarita Singh||Hammer Throw|
|Bhawana Jat||Race Walk|
|Priyanka Goswami||Race Walk|
|Dutee Chand||4* 100m Relay|
|Srabani Nanda||4* 100m Relay|
|MV Jilna||4* 100m Relay|
|NS Simi||4* 100m Relay|
Indian Badminton Squad:
The expectations from the badminton team are also very high. Over the years, we have seen great performances from this team. PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, and Jwala Gutta are names that are registered in the history books. Gayatri Gopichand, the daughter of Pulela Gopichand will also be on the team this time around. The squad currently features PV Sindhu. Here is a look at the squad:
|Pursala Venkata Sindhu|
Indian Boxing Squad:
The next team that soars high in the hopes of the Indian sports fans is the boxing squad. Inspired by the exploits of MC Mary Kom in the boxing field a plethora of North-Eastern Boxers has come to the front. The 7-sisters have produced many amazing national-level athletes in combat sports. Here is a look at the boxing contingent:
|Shiva Thapa||63.5 Kg Men|
|Mohammad Hussamuddin||57 Kg Men|
|Rohit Tokas||67 Kg Men|
|Sumit Kundu||75 Kg Men|
|Sanjeet Kumar||92kg Men|
|Sagar||92 Kg + Men|
|Amit Panghal||51 Kg Men|
|Ashish Chaudhary||80 Kg Men|
|Nitu Kumar||48 Kg Women|
|Jaismine||60 Kg Women|
|Nikhat Zareen||50 Kg Women|
|Lovlina Borgohain||70 Kg Women|
Indian Men’s Hockey Team:
The Indian Men’s Hockey Team chosen is as follows:
PR Sreejesh, Krishan Bahadur Pathak, Varun Kumar, Surendar Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Amit Rohidas, Jugraj Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Shamsher Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Mandeep Singh, Gurjant Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Abhishek.
The Indian Women’s Hockey Team is as follows:
Savita Punia, Rajani Etimarpu, Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita, Nisha, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Monika, Neha, Jyoti, Navjot Kaur, Salima Tete, Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami Hmar, Navneet Kaur, Sharmila Devi, Sangita Kumari
Top Gold Medal Prospects for India at Commonwealth Games 2022 are as follows:
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu:
Mirabai Chanu was the talk of the town when she became India’s first medalist in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Coming from small towns, Mira has come a very long way. She has inspired many athletes already. But her task is half done yet. Chanu is India’s biggest hope for winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022.
Indian Hockey Teams:
The Men’s and the Women’s teams are also top prospects for Gold Medals. Their performance at the global level improves by four-folds. We saw both teams shine with flying colors in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Similarly, we can have elite performances in the Commonwealth Games 2022.
Table Tennis Contingent for Commonwealth Games 2022:
Other top prospects for the bright golds are the members of the table tennis squad. We have experienced individuals and also free-spirited youngsters. Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra are top names in the men’s and women’s categories. The entire list is as follows:
|Achanta Sharath Kamal|
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