Edge with John Wright in Greg Chappell face-off
Subham tames fighting Ranabir
Sourashish puts Bengal on top
E Rly, Salkia relegated
Lakshman wins
Mysore Races/Chevalier has edge over Adamile
Mysore Races/‘Crown’ strikes
Pune Races/Jonty Rhodes best over staying trip
Pune Races/‘Recruit’ upsets
Tajik impressed

Calcutta, Oct.21: 
John Wright appears to have a firm headstart over Greg Chappell, two days ahead of the tradition-breaking national coach-related interviews in Chennai.

Board president A.C.Muthiah, secretary Jaywant Lele, former president Raj Singh Dungarpur, National Cricket Academy director Hanumant Singh and former captain Srinivas Venkatraghavan are on the interview-panel.

The interviews will be conducted Monday — and the appointment possibly made late that day itself.

There were ‘whispers’ this evening that Chappell may give a walkover by not turning up, but Muthiah’s secretary confirmed both former captains will arrive “late Sunday.”

In fact, yesterday, Chappell himself told The Telegraph he would come “either via Singapore or Kuala Lumpur.” Speaking from Perth, though, he had declined to say anything more.

As was first reported in these columns (September 10), while Chappell’s stature does place him above Wright, his high standing actually is a disadvantage as well.

Given the Board’s mind-set, where being low-profile seemingly counts for much more (“We don’t want another Kapil Dev,” is an immortal quote from a senior functionary), Wright’s lack of charisma doesn’t make his CV any less impressive. [Reported in these columns August 29.]

In any case, the Board is looking for somebody to deliver and, purely as a coach, Wright probably has better credentials. That Kent, specially top gun Lord Colin Cowdrey, think so highly of him has gone down exceedingly well with the Board.

Moreover, according to well-placed sources, captain Sourav Ganguly and vice-captain Rahul Dravid — both of whom have interacted with Wright on the County circuit — gave him excellent marks during their recent tete-a-tete with Muthiah.

It is understood senior pro Sachin Tendulkar, too, was present but he didn’t pass judgement. “I’ve only known Wright as a player,” is what Sachin is learnt to have told Muthiah.

Incidentally, Chappell remains a Sachin idol.

While Chappell’s credentials as a player stand out, not everybody is just as unanimous in giving him a perfect-10 as captain, a role which called for top-bracket communication skills.

Therefore, not all are convinced Chappell will be the right choice for an assignment which demands exceptional communication ability.

While the Board, perhaps, hasn’t received much of a feedback from South Australia, Wright’s man-management has been praised by everyone contacted by the Board. Lord Cowdrey included.

On the face of it, then, another plus for Wright.

It has obviously helped that Bobby Simpson, whose advice is respected by the powers-that-be in these parts, has strongly backed Wright publicly.

It has helped, too, that in the circles which matter Wright is seen as a progressive coach, somewhat on the lines of a Bob Woolmer. The impression (which could be wrong) about Chappell is that he is a conventional coach.

In today’s era that isn’t a USP.

According to one of the well-placed sources, the onus is on Chappell to convince the Board he can deliver.

“The gentlemen on the interview-panel won’t take to the session with a closed mind... Yet, Wright has an advantage and, so, it will be up to Chappell to convince them he’s the better candidate,” is how he put it.

Another elaborated: “If he is to get the job, Chappell will have to beat Wright on presentation... His ideas, plans to overcome India’s shortcomings... Where, for instance, does he see the Indian team a couple of years from now...”

The appointment, it is gathered, will initially be for one year. Should the partnership be fruitful, the coach will be given an extension till the 2003 World Cup.

Significantly, moves are afoot to ‘rehabiliate’ stand-in coach Aunshuman Gaekwad. The Board may “thank” him, for helping out in an hour of crisis (Kapil quitting), by creating a chief talent spotter’s post.

Something on those lines is still at the drawing board stage but, clearly, is being seriously thought of. The selectors, however, could get a little confused...    

Calcutta, Oct. 21: 
Subham Chowdhury kept his cool when it mattered most to clinch the men’s singles title despite a stunning fightback from defending champion Ranabir Das at the state table tennis championship in Haldia today.

In the women’s singles title-round, Nandita Saha survived a scare before beating Shinjini Mitra, according to information received here.

In the all-North Calcutta Zone final, Ranabir, who ousted top seed Arup Basak in the semi-finals, showed stupendous resilience in levelling the score twice to drag the match into a thrilling five-setter. But Subham had the last laugh as he committed fewer errors in the final set to win 22-20, 23-25, 21-13, 11-21, 21-17.

Rectifying mistakes she committed in the first set, Nandita went on to grab the crown with a 9-21, 21-17, 21-14, 21-7 scoreline.


(all finals)
Men’s Singles: Subham Chowdhury (NCZ) bt Ranabir Das (NCZ) 22-20, 23-25, 21-13, 11-21, 21-17.
Men’s doubles: Sourav Chakraborty/Amit Das ((NCZ) bt Arunava Roy/Anirban Nandi (HWH) 21-12, 18-21, 21-11.
Women’s singles: Nandita Saha (SL) bt Shinjini Mitra (SCZ) 9-21, 21-17, 21-14, 21-21-7.
Women’s doubles: Susmita Roy/Shinjini Mitra (SCZ) bt Anushree Saha/Chandrani Ganguly (CCZ) 21-17, 21-17.
Mixed doubles: Amit Mukherjee/Mousumi Pal (N24 Pgs) bt Sourav Chakraborty/Runa Roy (NCZ) 21-18, 21-16.
Boy’s singles: Jayanta Chandra (NCZ) bt Amit Das (NCZ) 21-14, 21-15, 21-15.
Girl’s singles: Susmita Roy (SCZ) bt Mousumi Pal (N24 Pgs) 17-21, 21-11, 21-17, 15-21, 21-9.
Sub-jr boys: Nilay Basak (NCZ) bt Subhadip Das (N 24 Pgs) 21-14, 21-19, 21-13.
Sub-jr girls: Moon Moon Basak (NCZ) bt Runa Roy (NCZ) 21-16, 21-12, 16-21, 18-21, 21-12.

Calcutta, Oct. 21: 
Sourashish Lahiri placed Bengal in the driver’s seat, bundling out Tripura for 93 runs in the first innings of their Cooch Behar Trophy clash in Agartala today. At stumps, the visitors were 32 for one.

The hosts never looked organised in crossing Bengal’s first innings total of 190. Sourashish wrecked havoc in Tripura innings, claiming eight wickets for 25 runs.

BRIEF SCORES: Bengal (1st innings): 190 (A. Sarkar 46, S. Das 42). Tripura (1st innings): 93 (Sourashish Lahiri 8/25). Bengal (2nd innings): 33/1.

Parmar hopeful

Leaving aside last year’s disappointing season, Bengal are keen on reversing the trend for a positive outcome in their forthcoming Ranji Trophy ventures.

“We are looking forward to a better payoff this time around,” hoped M. P. Parmar, CAB director of coaching, even though absence of some key players continued to overshadow the Bengal R anji Trophy probables’ net practice at the CC&FC.

“Going by the practice, the team is in good shape. But anything can be said for sure once all players join the camp and a full-time coach takes charge,” Parmar said today.

Though concerned, he refused to say anything on last season’s stand-in skipper Utpal Chatterjee’s non-availability for the camp. He was also non-committal when asked if Utpal’s absence had anything to do with Devang Gandhi’s promotion to the hot seat. “All I know is he (Utpal) is a committed cricketer. There must have been some reason for him (not joining the camp), which, honestly speaking, I don’t know,” Parmar said.    

Calcutta, Oct 21: 
FCI and SAIL scored identical 1-0 wins over Eastern Railway and Salkia Friends in the Super Division relegation play-off matches today. Eastern Railways and Salkia Friends were relegated to First Division Group-A. Amar Pyne scored the match-winner in the FCI-Eastern Railways match, in which one player each from both teams, FCI’s Subhashis Roy Chowdhury and Archisman Biswas of Eastern Railways were given the marching orders. Supriya Dasgupta scored the match-winner for SAIL    

Calcutta, Oct. 21: 
Lakshman Singh won the New India Assurance invitation golf meet as the golf season in the city teed off today at Tollygunge Club. Vijay Awasty and Sugata Basu followed him in the title hunt. Played on the Stableford format, J. Gohain hit the longest drive and H.N. Vora bagged the best senior golfer award.    

Mysore, Oct. 21: 
The two horse most likely to be involved at the finish in tomorrow’s prestigious event, the 2,000m Kingfisher Mysore Derby, are Chevalier and Adamile.

The two stablemates have been well-tuned by Darius Byramji for the season’s top event.

Going by her 2,000 Guineas triumph, Adamile, on paper, looks the better of the two. But considering Chevalier’s last two runaway victories over the Derby- trip, it is the Placerville-Nauvka gelding, with Pesi Shroff in the saddle, who is tipped to emerge victorious.


1 pm: Clipper Royale 1. Guchi Gold 2. Speedy Idea 3.
1.30 pm: Rosnovski 1. Big Booster 2. Erudition 3.
2 pm: Special Quest 1. Cape Fear 2. Risk Me Now 3.
2.30 pm: Tina’s Turn 1. Kool Kookie 2. Golden Dominion 3.
3 pm: Queen’s Ransom 1. Appleby 1. Earl Grey 3.
3.30 pm: Royal Satin 1. Baffin Bay 2. Crystal Moment 3.
4 pm: Chevalier 1. Adamile 2. Perceived Value 3.
4.30 pm: Chantenay 1. Star Liner 2. Saffrom Finch 3.
5 pm: Astronomer 1. Hong Kong Boy 2. Spirito 3.
5.30 pm: Comrade In Arms 1. Scenic Song 2. Silver Warakh 3.

Day’s Best: Special Quest

Double: Queen’s Ransom & Astronomer

Mysore, Oct. 21: 
Ridden by Imran Chisty, the Lokenath Gowda-trained Oranate Crown lifted the Smt Maliniraje Prasad Memorial Gold Trophy in Mysore on Saturday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Triveni Plate 1,600m: (6-10-2) Questionable (Arun) 1; Amazing Force 2; Carnival Crown 3. Won by: 2-1/2; 1-1/4; (1-42.9). Tote: Win Rs 24; Place: 14; 25; 119; Quinella: 190; Tanala: 9,848. Fav: Questionable (6).

2. Vijayanagara Plate 2,000m: (4-3-6) Appeaer (Kader) 1; Paris Lights 2; Splendid View 3. Won by: 1/2; 2-1/4; (2-12.3). Tote: Win Rs 26; Place: 19; 17; 16; Quinella: 66; Tanala: 318. Fav: Appeaer (4).

3. K. H. Srinivasan Memorial Trophy 1,200m: (8-7-9) Winning Charm (Rajesh) 1; Al Bashir 2; Lance’s Pet 3. Won by: 3/4; 1-1/4; (1-14.3). Tote: Win Rs 57; Place: 21; 40; 26; Quinella: 378; Tanala: 35,890 (C.o). Fav: Ratn (2).

4. Smt Maliniraje Prasad Memorial Gold Trophy 1,200m: (8-2-6) Ornate Crown (I. Chisty) 1; Sensational News 2; Cruising Away 3. Won by: SH; Nk; (1-14). Tote: Win Rs 44; Place: 16; 26; 19; Quinella: 282; Tanala: 9,720. Fav: Bank Of Promise (12).

5. Sowcar T. Thimmappa Memorial Cup 1,400m: (4-8-2) Jersey Lightning (Krishnan) 1; Ronson 2; One So Wonderful 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 1; (1-28). Tote: Win Rs 163; Place: 36; 19; 18; Quinella: 301; Tanala: 3,937. Fav: Ronson (8).

6. Shravanabelagola Plate 1,100m: (6-13-7) Resplendent Star (Warren) 1; Eyes Of Truth 2; Gallant Romeo 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 1; (1-6.4). Tote: Win Rs 77; Place: 21; 33; 15; Quinella: 553; Tanala: 5,675. Fav: Gallant Romeo (7).

7. Star Of Gwalior Plate 1,400m: (8-13-7) Brave Edge (Warren) 1; High zoom 2; Sand Lord 3. Not run: Laugh It Off (6). Won by: 3-1/4; 1-1/2; (1-28.1). Tote: Win Rs 35; Place: 17; 30; 56; Quinella: 181; Tanala: 3,413. Fav: Brave Edge (8).

Jackpot: Rs 34,950 (Carried over to October 25).

Treble: (i) Rs 259; (ii) Rs 4,380.

Pune, Oct. 21: 
Going by his current form and staying prowess, the Nirad Karanjawalla-trained Jonty Rhodes is taken to win the longest race in the country, the 3,200m Suresh Mahindra Trophy at the Pune races on Sunday. C. Rajendra partners the Traveler’s Aide-Goldie Girl gelding.


10 am: Wagga Wagga 1. Rock Venture 2. Fantasy Royal 3.
10.30 am: Moira 1. Royal Engagement 2. Mambo King 3.
11 am: Jonty Rhodes 1. Capitulate 2. Dominant Force 3.
11.30 pm: Dream Image 1. Metronomic 2. Midnight Charm 3.
12 noon: Phalaenopsis 1. Innovative 2. Big Bertha 3.
12.30 pm:Mustakeem 1. Just Contingency 2. Kenilworth 3.
1 pm: Minneapolis 1. Clever Talk 2. Charging Bullet 3.

Day’s Best: Phalaenopsis

Double: Jonty Rhodes & Moira

Pune, Oct. 21: 
Special Recruit upset in the Jaandaar Plate in Pune on Saturday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Silver Fire Plate 1,800m: (2-3-6) Let’s Have Fun (Rajendra) 1; The Silken Thomas 2; Share The Spirit 3. Won by: 3-1/2; Nk; (1-53.7). Tote: Win Rs 36; Place: 14; 23; 31; Quinella: 182; Tanala: 2,434. Fav:Winnington (5).

2. Ashwamedha Plate 1,000m: (6-5-1) Terrestrial (Rajendra) 1; Maratha Princess 2; Aurelia 3. Won by: 4-1/4; 3-3/4; (1-1.5). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 15; 13; Quinella: 20; Tanala: 91. Fav: Maratha Princess (5).

3. Goden Harp Plate 1,800m: (7-4-5) Saytarra (Rupesh) 1; Tamarinda 2; Come Prima 3. Won by: 9-1/2; 1-3/4; (1-54.5). Tote: Win Rs 104; Place: 24; 15; 13; Quinella: 148; Tanala: 1,097. Fav: Come Prima (5).

4. Jaandaar Plate 1,100m: (1-4-2) Special Recruit (Ranjane) 1; Anna Pavlova 2; Silent Fox 3. Won by: 3/4; 1; (1-5.7). Tote: Win Rs 85; Place: 30; 15; 15; Quinella: 140; Tanala: 850. Fav: Anna Pavlova (4).

5. Roccobarocco Plate 1,200m: (2-8-4) Cryptonite (M. Narredu) 1; Fiercly Loyal 2; Majestic Hills 3. Won by: 8; 1-1/2; (1-11.7). Tote: Win Rs 49; Place: 16; 18; 23; Quinella: 108; Tanala: 804. Fav: Natural Spark (9). (Note: Fiercly Loyal sirvived objection lodged by the rider of Majestic Hills).

6. Pune Racing Journalist Trophy 1,200m: (12-7-14) Shanillo (Rupesh) 1; Stay With Me 2; Pot Magic 3. Won by: 6-1/2; Hd; (1-12.3). Tote: Win Rs 56; Place: 23; 19; 26; Quinella: 135; Tanala: 950. Fav: Stay With Me (7).

7. Recovery Plate 1,400m: (4-9-3) Iyanah (Kharadi) 1; Authentic 2; Smart Hunter 3. Won by: Nk; 1-3/4; (1-28.6). Tote: Win Rs 64; Place: 26; 15; 21; Quinella: 154; Tanala: 1,497. Fav: Adam’s Delight (7).

8. Trinity College Plate 1,400m: (1-8-2) Phenom (S. Chavan) 1; Special Crown 2; Perception 3. Won by: 3/4; 1-1/4; (1-26.3). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 12; 21; 44; Quinella: 92; Tanala: 2,884. Fav: Phenom (1).

Jackpot: Rs 1,00,962; (C) Rs 30,289.

Treble: (i) Rs 3,833; (ii) Rs 20,219; (iii) Rs 1,812.

Calcutta, Oct. 21: 
Going at easy paces during the keep-fit exercises over 800m, eight from among the 12 horses who breezed this morning for tomorrow Breeze-Up auction sales, caught the eye.

The best of the lot were Tajik and Princelene who were left to match strides because of the withdrawal of Raaz. Raaz and Flinders, also on injury list, may make the second lot of another of such sale likely to he held in the second week of November.

Horses worked in three groups and some of the other to impress were Nearco Prince, Breezealla, Cancun, Ghunghat and Calculus.    


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