In India, it is rare to see a male paddler using short pimple on forehand and anti-top rubber on backhand and rise up the ranks. Sushmit Sriram has successfully bucked the trend.
The 27-year-old has done remarkably well by his own standards. In the last domestic season, Sushmit reached the final of the South Zone event in Thiruvananthapuram and entered the semifinals in Central Zone in Bhavnagar and East Zone in Kolkata. He has now reached a career-high ranking of No. 5 in the country.
Sushmit said his game has definitely improved as he has been able defeat players whom he had never beaten earlier.
In the South Zone event, he overcame former National champion Sanil Shetty in the semifinals. But his rise to fame was when he defeated England’s Sam Walker, ranked 86 then, in the pre-quarters of the Commonwealth championship in Cuttack last year.