Sports marketing firm, Baseline Ventures have announced the signing of Indian squash stars, Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa. Both the athletes have been India’s flag bearers in the sport, and recently won the men’s and women’s titles at the Asian Championships earlier this year.
Saurav Ghosal, who hails from Kolkata, has been producing consistent performances for more than a decade. He holds the records of achieving the number one ranking at Junior level in the sport and also being the first Indian to bag a medal in squash, after securing a bronze at the 2006 Doha Asian Games. The star player recently reached the highest point of his career this year when he broke into the top 10 in the world rankings.
Joshna Chinappa is renowned name in the sport. She has been making India proud on the international stage for the past 15 years, winning medals consistently. After partnering with Dipika Pallikal in 2014, she clinched India’s first Commonwealth Games Gold medal in Glasgow, an achievement she came close to repeating in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, where she bagged a silver medal. Joshna broke into the top 10 of squash world rankings in 2016 which further asserted her dominance. She had a very good outing at the Jakarta Palembang Asian Games where she won the Bronze in the Singles event and a Silver in the Team event. Last month, she lifted the National squash title for the 17th time, breaking the record held by Bhuvneshwari Kumari in the process.
Chinappa expressed her excitement on signing with the leaders in sports, events, entertainment and licensing in India, saying, “I’m thrilled to sign with Baseline Ventures and am looking forward to a fruitful association with the company. I have a busy 2019 ahead and I hope to make it count by putting my best foot forward. Ghosal also expressed similar emotions when he said, “It’s been a good year for me personally. After achieving my career-best ranking, I’m really excited to have signed with Baseline Ventures.”
Vishal Jaison, Co-founder of Baseline Ventures was delighted with the two new signings. He was quoted as saying, “Saurav and Joshna are proven performers in their sport and arguably the best squash talent this country has produced. It’s an absolute pleasure to have them with us. Their name only makes the roster of athletes Baseline Ventures exclusively manages more impressive.”
Baseline Ventures represent and manage some of the biggest names in Indian sports, including PV Sindhu, Pankaj Advani, Prithvi Shaw, Smriti Mandhana and Ravindra Jadeja among others. They also signed shooters Apurva Chandela and Saurabh Chaudhary along with table tennis star, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and swimmer Sajan Prakash this year.