Commonwealth Games 2022 day 2: Top Indians in the fray
- Mirabai Chanu is set to be the highlight of the day among Indian athletes
- The Indian women's hockey team will face Wales in the second group stage game of their campaign
- The badminton mixed team will face Sri Lanka in their next match on Saturday
The Commonwealth Games 2022 is already here and the first day of action turned out to be full of blockbuster action for fans across the world. The Indian athletes did not have a particularly great opening day, as only Srihari Nataraj (swimming), the badminton contingent and Shiva Thapa (boxing) were the only athletes who advanced to the next round in their respective disciplines.
However, the second day is set to offer more top athletes from the country who will take centre stage on Saturday. Tokyo Olympics medal winner Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (weightlifting), the Indian women’s hockey team and the women’s table tennis team will be the highlights of the day as India looks to open their account at the mega-event. Let’s find out which of the top Indian athletes will be in action on the second day of the Commonwealth Games 2022.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (Weightlifting)
One of India’s medal hopefuls, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu will be in action on Saturday when she begins her campaign at the women’s 49 kg event, starting at 8 pm IST. The medal ceremony is slated to take place at 10:03 pm IST.
Chanu won the silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year. While she has faced some problems in snatching since then, Chanu is confident that it will not be an issue in the CWG 2022.
The Indian women’s table tennis team, composed of Manika Batra, Diya Chitale, Sreeja Akula and Reeth Rishya, had a great opening day as they won their two opening matches on Friday against South Africa and Fiji (3-0 both). They will now shift their focus towards Guyana in Group 2, which will begin at 2 pm IST.
On the other hand, the Indian men’s team will also face Northern Ireland in their third group stage match on Saturday from 4:30 pm IST. The men’s team includes Achanta Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Sanil Shetty and Harmeet Desai — all of whom had won a medal in table tennis at the previous edition of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
Indian women’s hockey team
One of India’s strongest contingents, the Indian women’s hockey team will look to replicate their performance from Friday when they take on Wales. The Indian eves beat Ghana 5-0 in their opening match on Friday and will look to cement a strong position in Pool A. The match will begin at 11:30 pm IST.
Badminton mixed team
The Indian badminton mixed team began with a strong start as they dominated Pakistan in their opening match on Friday. They will shift their focus to Sri Lanka in their next match in the group stages, which will begin at 1:30 pm IST.