New Delhi: High on confidence after bagging two gold medals at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Achanta Sharath Kamal is all set to push India through to the top division at the World Table Tennis Championship starting April 24 in Bremen, Germany.
The Chennai-based player, who is preparing for the challenge in Patiala along with his team-mates, said the squad was in good shape and was working hard to ensure promotion to the higher level at the competition.
``We have a well-balanced team. We are having quality practice sessions and the team is confident of making it to the next level this time,'' Sharath told PTI from Patiala. With Soumyadeep Roy and national champion Shubhajit Saha also in fine form, India, which is placed in Group H along with Singapore, Bulgaria, Finland, Turkey and the United States, has a good chance of gaining promotion.
Sharath, who achieved his highest world ranking of 131 after the Commonwealth Games, said coach Bennone Cristiane Grigore was working hard on the players' physical and mental fitness.
``We are putting ourselves in match situations during practice, so that we could mentally become stronger and handle pressure situations,'' he said.
Sharath admitted that his inability to handle pressure effectively had let him down on several occasions, most notably in the gold medal match against Australian William Henzell in Melbourne. PTI