The freakonomist SQUASH – Siddharth Suchde
Sep 3, 2010 Leave a comment
Though it’s a path few can hope to take, it still remains a dream for every parent. In 2007, Siddharth Suchde had not only lived that dream of getting into Harvard University, he had also come out the other side with a degree in economics and prospective employers lined up for him.
As choices go, Suchde’s next step should have been a no-brainer: accept one of the many plush offers along with the fat pay-cheque and be settled for life. But despite being placed at 400 in the Professional Squash Association (PSA) rankings, and not having played for ranking points in almost four years, it was squash that he picked — not a very popular decision in the Suchde family, as he reveals.
“I always had good grades and passed with high honours and there were a number of jobs up for grabs. I took an unconventional route out, and despite the hardships involved, I am getting to play for my country at the highest level,” says India’s No. 2 squash player Suchde. The 25-year-old, along with Sourav Ghosal, will lead the Indian challenge in squash during the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.