Indian think tank takes Ghosal out of men’s doubles
India's squash ace Saurav Ghosal will not take part in the men's doubles competition at the Commonwealth Games because of a hectic schedule.other Updated: Sep 28, 2010 00:24 IST
India's squash ace Saurav Ghosal will not take part in the men's doubles competition at the Commonwealth Games because of a hectic schedule.
The highest ranked Indian, currently 26th on the PSA list, was to partner Harinder Pal Sandhu, who will now pair up with Sandeep Jangra.
Ghosal though will play the singles and the mixed doubles with Deepika Pallikal. The other two Indians in the men's doubles are Gaurav Nandrajog and Siddharth Suchde.
“Had I played in all the three events, I would have ended up playing four matches on the opening day.
“This will not help me keep fit for the singles. The singles are before the doubles. But then in the men's doubles matches are long and take a lot out of you. I have a very good chance of winning India a medal in mixed doubles.
“Opting out of the men's doubles will give me a lot more time between the singles and mixed doubles,” Ghosal told the Hindustan Times after the team's training session at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.
It is a good strategy on part of the Indian think-tank because only one team from each of the eight three-team pools will qualify for the quarterfinals. With the Malaysian pair of Mohammad Azlan Iskandar and Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan in the pool, the Indians have little chance.
Ghosal, seeded 11th, plays a couple of easy matches in the first two rounds of singles — against Ian Rukunya of Uganda and then the winner of the match between Patrick Chifunda of Zambia and Lyall Paterson of Scotland. The crucial pre-quarterfinal match against third-seeded Peter Barker of England is next.
“Going by form, both of us are playing very well at the moment.
“He is ranked 12th in the world but I would still fancy my chances at home.
“I have won against players in the top-10 before (beat Adrian Grant of England at the PSA five-star meet in Kolkata earlier this year) and I know what it takes to win against them,” a confident Ghosal said on Monday.