ET:How did you feel on winning the bronze at Doha?
Saurav:To win a medal in any of the multinational, multievent games is an achievement. But more than that, I am happy to be the first Indian to win a Squash medal in the Asian Games.
How confident were you on winning a medal before the Games?
Well, I always wanted to win the Gold. I still believe that I have in me the capability to win the Gold.
Then, what went wrong?
Nothing really. The quarterfinal against my teammate Ritwik Bhatacharya was a close encounter. After that, I was sure of my medal. But against Malaysian Ong Beng Hee, the eventual winner, the better player won. Though I played well, he was stronger on that day. So, looking back, I guess nothing really wrong. I am ready to take all the positives from the games’ experience.
And what are the positives
Well, at the end of this year, I have moved up to the rank of 49 in the PSA (Professional Squash Association). This means that I gain direct entry to some of the major events. Breaking into the top 50 is one of the positives that has emerged. With the cash incentives given to me (The Tamil Nadu Government has given him Rs10 Lakhs and the ICL Squash Academy celebrated his achievement by rewarding him with Rs 2.5 lakhs) I can train better