The Indian men paddlers have done it only second time in 20 editions of the championships, having won gold in 2004 in Malaysia under Sharath Kamal, who went on to win his individual gold too.
England came into the competition without their star player, world number 64 Liam Pitchford and 66th ranked veteran Paul Drinkhall. The Indians on the other hand did not have their top player Sharath who was forced out of the event after suffering a freak accident in Germany. For the women, this was the fourth occasion to claim silver. They had won the white metal in 1975, 1983 and 1991.
In the gold fight, England’s David McBeath gave a scare to both Harmeet Desai and India when the Indian, after leading 2-0, went down 2-3 in what was a wonderful comeback by the Englishman. David had the presence of mind to slow down the game and catch Harmeet on the wrong foot several times in the last three games to put his team one-up.

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