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Posted at: Dec 5, 2018, 1:45 AM; last updated: Dec 5, 2018, 1:45 AM (IST)

In top-30, Sharath can take coach out for a coffee

In top-30, Sharath  can take coach out for a coffee
Sharath Kamal

Sunny kaul

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 4

After six long years of sweat and hard work veteran Indian paddler Sharath Kamal can finally invite his personal coach Linus Mernsten for a cup of coffee. Surprised! Why it took the 36-year-old so long to extend the invitation to Mr Mernsten.

Well, it is no ordinary cup of coffee, it is a part of the deal which Sharath had agreed to fulfil once he broke into the top-30. “Get into the top-30 in the world… just enter there. That’s the deal with my personal coach. I have a personal coach in Sweden, Linus Mernsten… he charged me very less…I was paying him peanuts… The deal was, I break into the top-30 and I will invite him for a very nice coffee,” Sharath had revealed during his last trip to the tricity in July. On Monday, when the poster boy of India’s table tennis jumped a place to the 30th spot in the latest rankings released by the ITTF, he was a relieved man. “Yes…the coffee is ready,” Sharath replied to a congratulatory message.

The veteran paddler also took to the social media to express his gratitude to his parents and coaches. “The wait is finally over after six long years. Entered the top-30 of the ITTF world rankings for the first time in my career. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my parents, coaches and brother, but what tops it all is the unimaginable support from my wife,” tweeted Sharath, who spends most of his time playing in the European circuit for Germany-based Borusssia Dusseldorf. Sharath, who is walking into the sunset of an illustrious career, won men’s doubles bronze medal along with G Sathyan in the Asian Games earlier this year and added one more medal to his tally while partnering Manika Batra in the mixed doubles competition. He also won a bronze medal in the men’s singles event in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

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