Srinath set to be rested
Routine test mars Paes’ celebration
Hendrawan is champion
Mukesh wins
Bangalore Racing/ Six Speed wins

Calcutta, June 10: 
Jawagal Srinath is set to be rested for the June 23-July 7 tri-series in Zimbabwe, so that he has a better chance of lasting a minimum of 15 Tests from the tour of Sri Lanka till that of the West Indies, early next year.

According to The Telegraph’s sources, Srinath will return home straight after the Test series ends, in Harare on June 19.

Also tipped to be on the flight back are Shiv Sundar Das, Sadagopan Ramesh and leg-spinner Sairaj Bahutule. Debashish Mohanty is expected to stay on.

The formal decision, however, will be made Wednesday, when the selectors meet in Mumbai. It’s possible, of course, their views could differ from that of the team management.

Das has been among the runs, but in the ODIs, there really is no slot for him as captain Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar take care of the opening.

It is understood allrounders Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Reetinder Singh Sodhi will be the replacements.

In any case, in the tri-series, there is provision for only 14 and not 15 players.

Srinath, it may be recalled, was off ODIs for exactly a year after the tri-series in Sharjah, in March 2000, and made a comeback during the five-match series against Australia.

Indications are Srinath could even be rested for the July 18-August 4 tri-series in Lanka, which precedes the three Tests.

After Lanka, India play three Tests each versus South Africa, England (at home) and the West Indies. Then, there will be a minimum of three in the Asian Test Championship.

Srinath turns 32 on August 31 and has been serving India for a decade.


Calcutta, June 10: 
For a couple of hours after the momentous triumph at Roland Garros last evening, Leander Paes went totally incommunicado. No, he wasn’t out celebrating at a remote discotheque. He was held up by a dope test which delayed his customary post-match massage and stretching routine.

Don’t get alarmed, our hero hasn’t gone the Ben Johnson way. It was just a routine mandatory test carried out at all major tournaments, as per an International Tennis Federation (ITF) directive. It so happened that the Beck Bagan boy was one of the random cases selected for the test.

The Olympic bronze-medallist has gone through it thrice before, perhaps his high-energy, aggressive’n’athletic style making him a prime ‘suspect.’ Goes without saying that all those tests have yielded negative results. For the record, none in tennis has been caught ‘cheating’ since Petr Korda.

The process of collecting the urine sample took irritatingly long and Leander was plain relieved to head straight to the massage table after that. “I was very tired after the match,” he told The Telegraph from Paris shortly before flying to London where the Indian Express start their Wimbledon tune-up with the Queen’s Club meet from tomorrow. “And then I was stuck up for another couple of hours. There was very little energy left in me,” said Leander, justifying the muted celebrations.

The cell phone hasn’t stopped ringing since last night, but the one which caught him by surprise was Star Sports’ call from Bulawayo today. The likes of Sunil Gavaskar and even Arun Lal — stationed at the Singapore studio — congratulated him ‘live’ during the fourth day’s telecast of the India-Zimbabwe first Test.

Come tomorrow, it’ll be back to business (read: routine slogging). “This has been a wonderful achievement for us, but we can’t rest on our laurels,” Leander sounded serious. “We have a lot of tournaments ahead of us in a long summer. We have to quickly refocus on the job at hand specially with Wimbledon being a couple of weeks away.”

A fabulous performance it was, for sure, but weren’t they a trifle lucky what with the top two seeds (Todd Woodbridge-Jonas Bjorkman and Daniel Nestor-Sandon Stolle) tumbling out early? “You don’t depend on luck to win a Grand Slam. You just do everything under your control to come up trumps,” came the snap retort. “Yes, I agree that we didn’t have to face Todd and Jonas. They have been in terrific form this year but believe me, we were ready to give them a helluva match in the semis.”

There was just time for one final question. How many Grand Slam titles will the Paes-Bhupathi duo end up with? “I don’t want to go into the prediction game. We have three in our kitty already and if we stay healthy and keep playing like we are right now, there could be quite a few more. But no numbers please.”

It was clearly on a note of caution that Leander signed off on. The experience of the past 18 months have taught him to be more careful with words. And life, as well.


Seville, June 10: 
In an awesome show of prowess, Indonesia won both the men’s singles and doubles titles at the 2001 world badminton championships today.

The 29-year-old Hendrawan took the men’s crown defeating Peter Gade Christensen of Denmark 15-6, 17-16 in 45 minutes.

Hendrawan raced to a 7-0 lead in the first game before Christensen managed to get on the board.

Christensen had a game-point in the second after being 8-12 down, But Hendrawan rallied back to level scores before closing out the game after a brilliant rally.

The Indonesians celebrated again as Halim Haryanto and Tony Gunawan beat South Korea’s Ha Tae Kwon and Kim Dong Moon 15-0, 15-13 in the final.

China lifted the ladies singles title when Gong Ruina defeated teammate Zhou Mi 11-9, 11-4 in 32 minutes.

In an all Chinese ladies doubles final, Gao Li and Huang Sui defeated Zhang Jiewen and Wei Yili 15-11, 17-15 for the title. This was Gao Li’s second title. Yesterday she had won the mixed doubles with Zhang Jun.


Calcutta, June 10: 
Mukesh Kumar today won the Rs 5.5 lakh Leela Palace-BGC Open with a total of eight-under 264. According to information received here, Vijay Kumar came second with three-under 269. Vinod Kumar was third and Feroz Ali fourth.    

Bangalore, June 10: 
Ridden by Pesi Shroff, the Darius Byramji-trained Six Speed claimed the Chief Minister’s Cup in Bangalore on Sunday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Prabalo Plate, Div-II (6-4-1) Krugar Park (Warren) 1; Anonyme 2; Plain Truth 3. Won by: 2; 1-1/4; (1-17.8). (W) Rs 28; (P) 14; 18; 17; (Q) 78; (T) 471. Fav: Krugar Park (6).

2. Pendragon Plate (5-3-8) Ankole (Krishnan) 1; Luca Brassi 2; Top The Star 3. Not run: Atalantis (1). Won by: 3/4; 2-3/4; (1-16.5). (W) Rs 34; (P)14; 12; 22; (Q) 29; (T) 373. Fav: Luca Brassi (3).

3. Flirting Vision Plate (1-6-4) In A Flash (Srinath) 1; Pink Squirrel 2; Just Do It 3. Won by: 1; 3/4; (1-29.1). (W) Rs 30; (P) 15; 44; 24; (Q) 313; (T) 1,866. Fav: In A Flash (1).

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5. Badami Cup (2-7-4) One So Wo-nderful (Shukla) 1; Endorsement 2; Resist The Force 3. Won by: Nk; 2-1/2; (1-27.5). (W) Rs 283; (P) 31; 13; 67; (Q) 84; (T) 33,395. Fav: Endorsement (7).

6. Prabalo Plate, Div-I (7-1-6) Dee Emm (Bhati) Star Splendour 2; Caesarr 3. Won by: 6-1/4; 3-1/4; (1-16.1). (W) Rs 32; (P) 12; 13; 48; (Q) 19; (T) 581. Fav: Star Splendour (1).

7. Y. Ramachandra Memorial Plate (1-2-11) Great Occasion (Prakash) 1; Royal Mission 2; Grassisgreener 3. Won by: SH; 1-3/4; (1-29.3). (W) Rs 39; (P) 15; 15; 54; (Q) 35; (T) 737. Fav: Royal Mission (2).

Jackpot: Rs 42,809; (C) Rs 2,854.

Treble: (i) Rs 348; (ii) Rs 3,765.

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