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Squash champion Manish Chotrani means business

Squash champion Manish ChotraniA career in competitive squash was not envisaged by national champion Manish Chotrani for whom success at the premier level of the game has been quite accidental. Chotrani is coursing a different line today as top notch squash player after he took to the game at the ripe age of 19 with the solitary aim to reduce his weight. Although Chotrani made steady progress in practice sessions under the guidance of Cyrus Poncha at the Otters Club, he was obliged only towards his flourishing garment business. Things took a different turn when Chotrani tasted success in local tournaments. His maiden appearance in the Nationals in Kolkata in 1999 may have resulted in a loss to Ritwik Bhattacharya in the semifinal. However, Ritwik was compelled to eat the humble pie when Chotrani asserted his supremacy in the Nationals held at the MRC courts in Chennai last year and became the national squash champion at the age of 28.

Honing skillsChotrani experienced the most satisfying moment of his career, when he represented India in the Asian Championships held in Hongkong last year. In addition to this, he had also won the Dewan Housing Squash Classic in 1998 and The Leela Squash Masters in 1998. Chotrani believes that fitness and speed are his assets while there is always room for improvement in racket skills.When asked to comment about his favorite player, Chotrani said, “As a youngster, I admired Jehangir Khan who was the top player in the world. In fact, I used to learn a lot by simply studying the cassettes of Jehangir Khan's matches”. When asked to throw light on the current scenario prevailing in Indian squash, Chotrani said, “There are many promising youngsters like Vishal Kapoor and Junaid Nathani who are very talented and can become national champions in two or three years time."

Chotrani completed his commerce degree from Sydenham College and has been engaged in the garment business for the past 10 years. He practices every day at the Otters Club and Khar Gymkhana in the evening and aims to scale greater heights as a squash player.

By : Wasim Siddiqui
Photographer : Vinayak Prabhu





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