Inter University Squash

The Cyrus Vakil-captained Mumbai University team scraped past
Delhi 3-2 to win the All India Inter-University men’s team squash
championship at Chennai.

Last year, Mumbai had lost to Delhi by an identical margin in the final in
Mumbai.

The tie was tantalisingly locked at 2-2, but Kunwarpal Singh came to the
fore defeating Delhi’s Varun Prakash in five games to clinch the issue for
Mumbai.

Vakil who is a second year Business Administration student at HR College,
also finished runners-up to Laxman Joshi also of Mumbai in the individual
championship.

`I had nothing left in the tank as I had played three matches so I gave
Laxman a walkover,” said Vakil.

He was a source of inspiration for his team as he scored pivotal victories
in the run-up to the final. Mumbai trounced Pune 3-0 in the semifinals.

Results: Team final: Mumbai University bt Delhi University 3-2 (Laxman
Joshi bt Raghav Behl 11-6 11-2 11-5; Cyrus Vakil bt Prateek Chaila 11-8
11-5 4-11 11-6; Nitin Chauhan lost to Gunraj Singh 11-8 6-11 4-11 2-11;
Arun Sharma lost to Uday Das 12-14 11-9 9-11 3-11; Kunwarpal Singh bt
Varun Prakash 12-10 11-13 12-10 8-11 11-3).

Semifinals: Mumbai bt Pune 3-0 (L Joshi bt Abhimanyu 11-3 11-2 11-1; C
Vakil bt Nikhil Jain 11-5 11-6 11-5; N Chauhan bt K. Singh 11-1 11-2 11-4).
Delhi bt Anna University 3-2 (R Behl lost to Vinayak 11-8 8-11 6-11 4-11; P
Chaila lost to Prashanth 5-11 5-11 6-11; G Singh bt Kalimuttu 7-11 11-8 11-8
11-3; U Das bt Suneesh 11-5 11-3 11-6; V Prakash bt Vignesh 11-4 11-1
11-2).

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About Cyrus Poncha
I was born and lived in Bombay before moving to Chennai in 2001 to coach the Indian national squash team....what a journey its been!!

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