Things are not very easy for female athletes in India. They see, everyday, how men doing the same things as them are celebrated and paid more.
It still doesn’t kill their spirit and for that alone, they deserve huge credit. Here’s the list of female Table Tennis players who have proven to be the best game-changers today and hence have made it to the ‘Hirav Shah’s list this time. Hirav Shah as we know, is India’s most influential Business Astrologer and the top influencer and advisor in the field of Sports. Shah’s list is as follows

1 Manika Batra

Manika Batra 1 (cropped)
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Manika Batra (born 15 June 1995) is an Indian table tennis player. As of January 2019, she is the top-ranked female table tennis player in India and ranked 47th in the world. She specialises in playing long-pimples on her backhand, a rubber which is not often played by top players. She received Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2020.

Career Highlights

Batra, is the first woman paddler from the country to win a singles gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. She achieved the feat in the 2018 edition in which she won as many four medals including two gold.

At Gold Coast, the 25-year-old had led India to its first ever women’s team gold at the Commonwealth Games. Five months later, the current world No 63 again created history by winning a mixed doubles bronze alongside Sharath Kamal at the Asian Games in Jakarta. She reached a career-best ranking of 46 in March 2019. She impressed at the 2020 ITTF World Team Qualification event where the women’s team came close to defying odds.

2. Poulomi Ghatak

XIX Commonwealth Games-2010 Delhi (Women’s Table Tennis) Poulomi Ghatak of India in an action against Zhenhua Vivian Tan of Australia, at Yamuna Sports Complex, in New Delhi on October 06 2010 (cropped)
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Poulomi Ghatak ( born 3 January 1983) , is a table tennis player from West Bengal, India.
She started playing in 1992 and thereafter went on a successful upward learning curve.
She won three junior national championships (1996, 1998 and 1999) as well as seven senior national championships between 1998 and 2016. In 1998 she won both the senior national and junior national championships. Poulomi has represented India at the Commonwealth Games at Melbourne in 2006 and the Commonwealth Championships between 2000 and 2008. She played at the Sydney Olympics when she was 16. She also played in the Indian Open finals in 2007.

Career Highlights

She started her table tennis career in 1992 when she was nine years old. She participated in the Olympic Games at the age of 16.

She represented India in the Asian Table Tennis Championship, Korea; in Russia Open; Toyota Cup at Japan; German and Polish Open; 15th Asian Games at Doha and Chile Open in 2006. In 2007, she played at World Table Tennis Championship in Croatia; Golden Racket Championship, Vietnam and International Open Tournament in Indonesia. In the same year she also represented the country in Austria, France and German Open.She was silver medalist in CommonWealth Games 2010. She had also made to the Table Tennis Quarterfinals in Asian Games 2012. She was also among the probables for Olympics 2012.

Recently, in 2014 she also played in Asian Games along with Ankita Das against Pakistan and made the victory. In the same event she also played mixed doubles with Achanta Sharath Kamal but could not make it. Her achievements for her talents are immense. She has three Junior National Championship and five Senior National Championship between 1998-2007 to her name.

3. Mouma Das

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Mouma Das
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Mouma Das (born 24 February 1984) is an Indian table tennis player. Born and brought up in Kolkata, West Bengal, she has represented India in international events since the early 2000s. Das has won multiple medals at the Commonwealth Games including a gold in the Women’s Team Competition in 2018. She was awarded the Arjuna Award, India’s second highest sporting honour in 2013 for her contributions to the sport.

Career Highlights

Das won her 1st International Gold medal in the 2nd Children of Asia International Sports Games’2000 in Yakutsk.
At the December 2015 Commonwealth Championships, Das claimed a silver in the singles event along with team medal and became the maximum Commonwealth medal winning Indian Table Tennis player.

Das qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics at the Asian Qualification Tournament held in Hong Kong in April 2015. However, her appearance at the 2016 Olympics was short-lived, as she lost to higher seeded Daniela Dodean of Romania in the first round of the women’s individual event.

Das was a part of the Women’s team that won the Gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games; the Indian team defeated Singapore in the final with a score of 3-1 to secure the first Gold medal for the country in the event.Das won the women’s doubles match partnering Madhurika Patkar to give India the lead in the tie.En route to the Gold medal, the first by any nation other Singapore, India defeated the top seeded English team in semi-finals.

4. Neha Aggarwal Sharma

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A well-known table tennis player in India, Neha(born 11 January 1990) now holds a Master’s degree in Sports Management. Neha was among the Indian table tennis players in the Olympics of 2008. To enter the mega event, she had to defeat national champs like Poulomi Ghatak and Mouma Das. A persistent mention in the list table of tennis players in India, Neha’s fan base grew after her TED talk.

Career Highlights

She participated in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, the only woman from India to feature in that discipline. Aggarwal earned her position at the Olympics by defeating Poulomi Ghatak and Mouma Das, who had been favored to win. The Delhi girl, who did her schooling from Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram and her college from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, was the winner of Junior National Table Tennis Championship held at Ahmedabad and Kolkata.
The only woman to represent India in Table Tennis at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, she has won 4 National Championship titles and over 40 International medals over a span of 14 years.

5. Ankita Das

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Ankita Das (born 17 July 1993) is an Indian table tennis player from Siliguri, West Bengal. She always wanted to be an Air Force pilot and took this game for time pass.. but her family didn’t allow her to join the AirForce, so she chose this game for her father. Her time passed and became a serious thing for her. She has been playing continuously for 10 years and reached the final in all the events.

Career Highlights

She participated in the World Championship and reached the quarter-finals. In Senior Asian she got Most Popular Player Award and in Junior World Championship she got Fair Play Award. She is one of the most sought-after players of our country right now.


‘Act and React’ is the ABC of Table-Tennis. If a player reacts and then acts correctly, then he or she champions in the skill in the sport.
Not just any Table Tennis or any sport, but ‘Act and React’, both are very important ingredients for any business, says Hirav Shah, India’s Top Sports Strategist cum Sports Astrologer.

There are mainly 12 Zodiac Signs, 12 houses in Horoscope, Same way in real life there are 12 months, 7 days, 7 Main planets and 2 Shadow planets (Rahu and Ketu).

All planets are good, all planets show some movement everyday, says Shah.
Shah explains further while sharing his valuable opinion below. He says-
For the most successful people in the world, 2021 already started… Has it for YOU?
Who doesn’t want to experience success in business or in Sports?
But are you truly doing the right things to get there?

Can you honestly say that you are taking ACTION on your goals?

If you hesitated AT ALL answering any of those questions, you need to shift your focus to doing what’s necessary to get you the success you desire…
Without an actionable strategy, NOTHING is possible.
With astro strategy, EVERYTHING is possible.

So plant the seeds now for your future, and focus on investing energy on the habits that will create the results you really want.

NOW is the time to do the things that you have been wanting to do. Don’t procrastinate and rob yourself of a more compelling future…

What ONE goal will you focus on for a head start in 2021?

Any confusion or difficult YES/NO Business/Sports decision requires an expert opinion.

Just make sure your Business Strategy or Sports Strategy in terms of Brand, Sales, Marketing, Advertising, Mergers, Diversification, Game Plan, Practice etc…is still on track to reach your goals. Sports Astrologer and Business Astrologer Hirav Shah’s answers have proven to be game changers.

It’s time to fire up your future !