World Junior Team Championship, Namibia (16-21 Aug’14)

India finished 6th at the World Junior Team Championships 2014. The team comprised Kush Kumar (bronze medalist in the Individual event), Madhav Dhingra, Vijay Kumar & Velavan Senthilkumar.

Seeded 4th in the event, the team won all their pool matches against Guatemala, Kuwait and Columbia convincingly.
In the quarterfinals, India was shocked by a very determined and balanced Spanish team. All 3 players of equal standard, stood up to the task to defeat India 2-1 and by virtue making the semi finals for the first time ever. Spain eventually won the bronze medal defeating Malaysia in the play off.

In the play off stage, India defeated Ireland 2-0 and were up against England for the 5th position. England seeded 3rd were shocked by Malaysia in the quarterfinal.

England edged out India to obtain 5 position. The tie started with a re- match of the individual quarter final Kush Kumar v/s George Parker. Parker held his nerves and edged out Kush in in 5 sets. Madhav Dhingra then went on to defeat higher ranked Lyell Fuller 3-1 to level the scores. Youngster, Velavan was given the opportunity to play Patrick Rooney in the last match of the tie. Velavan who had lost to Rooney in the individual event1-3 displayed outstanding movement and temperament winning 1st and 3rd games giving India the lead. However, experienced Rooney won the 4th game and clawed his way back from 5-8 in the decider to give England the win.

5/6 Play off Results:
[4] INDIA lost to [3] ENGLAND 1/2
Kush Kumar lost to George Parker 11-6 8-11 11-5 6-11 5-11
Madhav Dhingra bt Lyell Fuller 2-11 11-7 11-9 13-11
Velavan Senthilkumar lost to Patrick Rooney 11-6 8-11 11-9 3-11 8-11

5-8 Play off Results:
[4] INDIA bt [8] IRELAND 2/0
Kush Kumar bt Michael Craig 5-11, 11-7, 11-1, 11-6 (39m)
Velavan Senthilkumar bt Oisin Logan 12-10, 11-9, 15-13 (44m)

Quarterfinal Results:
[6] SPAIN bt [4] INDIA 2/1  
Edmon Lopez Moller lost to Kush Kumar 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 3-11, 6-11 (73m)
Iker Pajares Bernabeu bt Madhav Dhingra 11-4, 11-9, 11-6 (31m)
Bernat Jaume bt Vijay Meena 11-7, 11-2, 6-11, 11-7 (38m)

Pool Results:
[4] INDIA bt [19/21] GUATEMALA 3/0  
Madhav Dhingra bt Ricardo Toscano 11-3, 11-4, 11-9
Vijay Meena bt Qaini Bonilla 11-4, 11-2, 11-1
Velavan Senthilkumar bt Junior Alejandro Enriquez 11-7, 11-6, 11-2

[4] INDIA bt [16/18] KUWAIT 3/0  
Kush Kumar bt Ali Alqallaf 11-6, 11-2, 11-6
Madhav Dhingra bt Khaled Al-Jenaidel 11-9, 11-8, 11-6
Vijay Meena bt Mohammad Ali 11-5, 11-4, 11-2

[4] INDIA bt [9] COLOMBIA 3/0  
Kush Kumar bt Andres Felipe Herrera 12-10, 11-1, 11-7 (36m)
Madhav Dhingra bt Santiago Orozco 11-4, 11-9, 11-6 (32m)
Vijay Meena bt Dairo Sandoval 11-5, 12-10, 9-11, 9-11, 14-12 (65m)

This is India’s 12th appearance at the championships since1992. The finishing results have been
2014 – 6
2012 – 3
2010 – 5
2008 – 4
2006 – 6
2004 – 5
2002 – 5
2000 – 16
1998 – 17
1996 – 17
1994 – 19
1992 – 15

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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