India may take a 5th player for Davis Cup
Five share lead in Telegraph Chess
Racing/ Bonzer claims Justice Cup
In the city

 
 
INDIA MAY TAKE A 5TH PLAYER FOR DAVIS CUP 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, June 25 
25: India may carry an extra player to Sweden for their Davis Cup World Group qualifying tie on the slow red clay of Gstaad from July 21-23.


The practice thus far has been to have one or two additional players camp with the chosen quartet for home ties to soak in the Davis Cup atmosphere. But rarely has the All India Tennis Association (AITA) sent more than four players for an away contest. In 1998, in fact, India created the dubious ‘record’ of being the only team to go into a World Group tie (versus Italy in Genoa) with a three-man team (Mahesh Bhupathi, Prahlad Srinath and Syed Fazaluddin). 

But times are a’changing. With injury ruling out Paes — for just the second tie in 11 years — and Bhupathi still not sure whether his shoulder will be able to take the load of singles, a senior AITA official feels — and rightly so — that a reserve player should travel to Sweden.

The decision, he pointed out, rests with the selection committee, but there is no doubt that his valued opinion will carry some weight when Shyam Minotra, S.P. Misra and Nandan Bal sit to pick the squad in Delhi Thursday.

Bhupathi is set for a comeback after missing the year’s first two ties (versus Lebanon and South Korea). Srinath and Vishal Uppal should be certainties — the first for his prowess on clay and the latter on the strength of his powerful doubles debut against the Koreans in Delhi last April.

And Harsh Mankad, following his two runner-up finishes in back-to-back Satellite meets (Bangalore and Delhi), will be extremely unlucky not to get his maiden Davis Cup summons.

That adds up to four and poses a question mark over Syed Fazaluddin’s berth. A regular in the team since 1998, Fazal hasn’t yet showed he has what it takes to be a gutsy performer in the high-pressure arena of Davis Cup. The city boy, though, could still retain his place if a five-member team is chosen. Another good omen for Fazal is captain Ramesh Krishnan’s preference for a “basically same set of players.” 

Ramesh wouldn’t be there for the selection meeting later this week, but he would surely convey his opinion to the selectors before he leaves for England. 


 
 
FIVE SHARE LEAD IN TELEGRAPH CHESS 
 
 
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
 
Jamshedpur, June 25 
Anirban Pati (5) of Kerala Samajam Model High School, Jamshedpur, scored his fifth victory to join four others in the lead after Round V of the The Telegraph Schools Chess meet today.


Anirban played the Taimanov variation of the Sicilian defence against 12th seed Varun Anant of Chakradharpur. Varun made a thematic mistake of playing Qe 1 on the 11th move and gave up after 67 moves.

On top board, Rohan Vijay Shandilya (5) of Munger beat Ved Prakash Sinha of Patna. Second seed Pratik Sengupta (5), playing whites, outwit Himanshu Sharma of Munger in 31 moves.

Abhisekh Das (5) of Bharat Sevashram School beat Satish Kumar of Guru Nanak High School in 41 moves while Pranjal of Don Bosco, Patna subdued Akash Kusum of Motilal Nehru Public School.

THE TOP 7

5 points: Rohan Vijay Shandilya (S.R. Singh School, Munger), Pratik Sengupta (S.E.R. Mixed English Medium School, Chakradharpur), Abhisekh Das (Bharat Sevashram School, Jamshedpur), Pranjal (Don Bosco, Patna) and Anirban Pati (Kerala Samajam Model School, Jamshedpur). 4.5 points: Sourav Chakraborty (St James, Calcutta) and Rashmi Kanchan (Motilal Nehru Public School, Jamshedpur). 

 
 
RACING/ BONZER CLAIMS JUSTICE CUP 
 
 
FROM WILLIAM TELL
 
Bangalore, June 25 
The Jaggy Dhariwal-trained four-year-old gelding Bonzer had an easy measure of his seven rivals in the 1,800m Justice Cup today. Pesi Shroff partnered the Green Forest-Bonhomie son to a shade under three length victory over the lowely weighted Mount Rose. 

RESULTS

1. Bergamo Plate 1,200m: (4-6-8) Chitty Bang (A. Imran) 1; Forestry 2; Living Together 3. Won by: 5; 5; )1-16). Tote: Win Rs 50; Place: 17; 14; 79; Forecast: 99; Quinella: 42; Tan-ala: 1,091 & 677. Fav: Forestry (6).
2. Bukit Timah Plate 1,400m: (4-1-7) Scandal Sheet (Mrs Storai) 1; Essential Elegance 2. Dynamic Gamble 3. Won by: Hd; 1/2; (1-32). Tote: Win Rs 389; Place: 68; 25; 17; Forecast: 1,382; Quinella: 847; Tanala: 3,037 & 1,802. Fav: Dynamic Gamble (7).
3. Commanche Plate 1,200m: (2-7-4) Indian Rocket (Rakesh) 1; Adorer 2; Decorated Star 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 2-1/4; (1-16.3). Tote: Win Rs 20; Place: 13; 18; 17; Forecast: 59; Quinella: 28; Tanala: 121 & 49. Fav: Indian Rocket (2).
4. Maroof Farah Memorial Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (7-2-4) Comet Star (Appu) 1; Mr Belvedere 2; State Treasure 3. Won by: 2-1/4; SH; (1-29.4). Tote: Win Rs 51; Place: 19; 72; 24; Forecast: 1,118; Quinella: 606; Tanala: 3,029 & 817. Fav: Comet Star (7).
5. Justice Cup 1,800m: (1-8-2) Bonzer (Shroff) 1; Mount Rose 2. Carnival Flair 3. Won by: 2-3/4; SH; (1-54.1). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 13; 23; 61; Forecast: 75; Quinella 52; Tanala: 848 & 613. Fav: Bonzer (1).
6. Nandi Hills Cup 1,600m: (2-6-9) Allaire (Kader) 1; Sterling Fantasy 2; Daggers Drawn 3. Won by:1-1/4; 5 1/4; (1-40.4). Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 13; 27; 14; Forecast: 105; Quinella: 87; Tanala: 160 & 59. Fav: Allaire (2).
7. Parlakimedi Cup 1,800m: (1-8-9) Andreyev (Shroff) 1; Earl Grey 2; Altazano 3. Won by:3-1/4; 3/4; (1-55.4). Tote: Win Rs 37; Place: 13; 34; 20; Forecast: 183; Quinella: 140; Tanala: 767 & 399. Fav: Analogy (10).
8. Maroof Farah Memorial Plate, Div-II. 1,400m: (2-1-9) Al Dente (C. Alford) 1; Saujas 2, Renzino 3. Won by: Dist; 2; (1-27.6). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 13; 20; 23; Forecast: 53; Quinella: 47; Tanala: 129 & 83. Fav: Al Dente (2).

Jackpot: Rs 734; (C) Rs 163.

Mini Jackpot: Rs 14,815.
Treble: (i) Rs 226; (ii) Rs 132.

 

 
 
IN THE CITY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, June 25 
FOOTBALL: Bharat Petroleum whipped Trans World Group 5-0 in the Rangers Club-organised Mercantile five-a-side soccer meet Saturday. In other matches, Times of India downed ABN Amro 3-1, Sambad Pratidin overcame J. Reynold 2-0, Carritt Moran beat HongKong Bank 2-0 and Tisco drew goalless with Ontime Courier. 
 

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