Play late and close to body: Vengsarkar
Amochi to stay behind
Bagan’s venture into unknown
Kahlon in four-stroke lead
Sanjoy retains title
Another feat by Bula
Bangalore Racing/ The Pelican may come good
Bangalore Racing/ Days of Glory upsets

 
 
PLAY LATE AND CLOSE TO BODY: VENGSARKAR 
 
 
BY LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Calcutta, July 20: 
Last month’s camp for wicketkeepers at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) was pretty well publicised. What largely went unreported, though, is that three Test specialists (all batsmen) also spent a fortnight in Bangalore.

All three — Shiv Sundar Das, Wasim Jaffer and Sanjay Bangar — are currently in England but, while at the NCA, each one of them availed tips from Dilip Vengsarkar.

The former India captain is now effectively the BCCI’s chief ‘talent-spotter’.

His credentials, of course, are impeccable: Just under 7,000 runs, at an average of 42-plus, from 116 Test appearances. And, of his 17 hundreds, three came in successive outings at Lord’s — in 1979, 1982 and 1986. It’s a feat unmatched.

[Incidentally, Test No.1 in the forthcoming India-England series will be at Lord’s, from July 25.]

Vengsarkar, then, does know a thing or two about scoring in England. Moreover, India’s NatWest success notwithstanding, the current crop of batsmen can only benefit from the maestro’s formula.

Test cricket isn’t, after all, quite the same as the one-day game.

“I wouldn’t say I had anything really special worked out… If I was particular about something, it’s that I played late, played square and played close to the body. I also remained side-on,” Vengsarkar told The Telegraph.

He added: “In fact, in Bangalore, I kept repeating that the batsmen must always allow the ball to come to them… Any late movement is then taken care of… It’s important, too, to play close to the body. Then, playing square has its advantages.”

According to Vengsarkar, the back-foot play, especially, will have to be “confident”. It’s a point well made as most Indians have this tendency to straightaway commit themselves on the front-foot.

The former India captain, who gladly did a video analysis of the batsmen (besides even personally manning the bowling machine), felt “cutting out the big shots early on” was the “best way” to build an innings.

With a top score of 35 in the five-Test series in the West Indies, plus a dismal outing in Arundel, Shiv Sundar for one should be following Vengsarkar’s tips to the T. At every opportunity, that is.

   

 
 
AMOCHI TO STAY BEHIND 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 20: 
Bhratri Sangha’s Nigerian recruit, Amochi will not, after all, tour South Africa along with the IFA XI.

According to IFA authorities, the Nigerian has given the IFA a certificate saying he is not totally fit to go on tour. This, in effect, means that an 18-member team would go to South Africa instead of a 19-member one as announced by the IFA on Friday.

Meanwhile, as the IFA XI coach, Mohammed Habeeb, left for Hyderabad on Saturday the team will have no practice in the last few days prior to the tour. The coach is expected to join the team at Mumbai. However, the team will get a couple of days’ practice at South Africa before their first game.

The IFA authorities also said they would try to ensure the participation of a South African club in the IFA Shield starting in September. Also, the Super League will start again from August 1 with East Bengal playing Eastern Railway.

Mohun Bagan will play FCI on August 2. The East Bengal-Mohun Bagan tie is expected to be held sometime between August 15 to 20.

Mondal brace

Laltu Mondal scored a brace to ensure a 2-0 victory for Peerless against BNR in their Calcutta Football League Group A match on Saturday. Mohammed Sahabuddin’s solitary goal helped Kalighat get past Mohammedan AC.

Elsewhere, Sonali Shibir and City AC were locked goalless while Garalgachha beat Sporting Union 2-1.

In a fifth division match, Jagannath Kisku of Sir Gurudas Institue scored a hattrick as his team beat Goan Association 4-1.

   

 
 
BAGAN’S VENTURE INTO UNKNOWN 
 
 
FROM NILESH BHATTACHARYA
 
Durgapur, July 20: 
Mohun Bagan club launched an ambitious project on a discordant note Saturday.

The Mohun Bagan-SAIL Football Academy, first of its kind in India involving a top-notch club, was set off officially amid high hopes, but leaving many grey areas in its trail. “The academy will certainly aim at grooming talents who lie unnoticed, uncultivated, across the country. It’s the beginning of a new chapter in Indian football,” said Mohun Bagan secretary Anjan Mitra.

Such a vista of promise and a new beginning was unmistakably present everywhere since Mitra and Subir Kumar Bhattacharjee, MD, Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP), a SAIL subsidiary, signed a MoU for running the academy. As a SAIL official said: “2010 World Cup is our aim, 2014 World Cup is our mission.”

However, underlying these lofty ideals and rhetoric, is the real pressure, or rather concern, of continuing it. Will it go the Tata Football Academy way?

A nice little Nehru Stadium, multi-gym facilities, swimming pool, hostel and hospital facilities, separate this residential academy in many ways. But Mohun Bagan, who will bear the cost, are in the dark about of how its future will be shaped, while DSP, the provider of facilities, has kept mum over its plans.

Added to these are the indecisiveness over who will be the coach and how many pupils and of what age-group will find a place in the academy, let alone no specific deadline for scouting the talent.

Bagan have earmarked an annual budget of Rs 50 lakh for the project and also appealed to East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting to set up such academies. But P.K. Banerjee warned: “We should take a lesson from the TFA that lack of focussed policy never pays off in running an academy.”

   

 
 
KAHLON IN FOUR-STROKE LEAD 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 20: 
Harmeet Kahlon opened a four-stroke lead after the third round of the Royal Springs Open at the par-72 Royal Springs Golf Course in Srinagar.

According to information received here, Kahlon shot a five-under 67 to tally 12-under 204.

In second place was Uttam Singh Mundy who shot a second successive four-under 68 to be eight-under 208.

Chandigarh’s Ranjit Singh matched Kahlon’s best effort of the day, a 67 to jump up to a tied third place at seven-under 209 along with first round leader Digvijay Singh.

Local man Firoz Ali was tied for fifth place with overnight leader Shamim Khan, Gaurav Ghei and Jaiveer Virk.

Jyoti Randhawa shot a level-par 72, while Mukesh Kumar added a one-under 71 to be way back the leaderboard.

SCORES (after 54 holes)

Harmeet Kahlon 204; Uttam Singh Mundy 208; Ranjit Singh, Digvijay Singh; Gaurav Ghei (210), Jaiveer Virk, FIroz Ali, Shamim Khan; Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia (211), Rahil Gangjee; Vinod Kumar (212), Ali Sher; Ashok Kumar (214), Jyoti Randhawa.

   

 
 
SANJOY RETAINS TITLE 
 
 
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
 
Guwahati, July 20: 
Seven-and-a-half year old K. Sanjoy Singh of Kairang Lower Primary School, Imphal, retained the title at The Telegraph Schools’ chess tournament here Saturday.

He beat Fide-rated and top seed Rajib Dhar of NVRHSS in the penultimate round and drew with Jibananda Singh of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV), Silchar, in the final round. Playing black, Sanjoy played a Ruy Lopez opening with Jibananda and agreed to a draw in 31 moves.

While Sanjoy picked up nine and a half points out of a possible 11, Troilokya Nanda of Edith Douglas School, Sashank Singh of Nichols High School, Jibananda, Debananda Singh of Baskandhi High School and L. Scientist of Lairiky Engbam School tied for second place with eight and a half points each.

One of them will be relegated to the sixth place on the basis of progressive score.

A host of four players — Nandan Buragohain of Nazira Higher Secondary & Multi-Purpose School, Rajib Dhar, Twinkle Daulaguphu of Assam Valley School and Manash Pratim Hazarika of Happy Child School tied for seventh position. Here, too, one player will not make it to the top ten prize list.

Suranjana Talukdar of Disneyland High School and Nisha Singh of Zaikiesto Memorial School finished with seven points apiece. Suranjana claimed the best girl participant special prize.

FINAL ROUND RESULTS

K. Sanjoy Singh (9.5) drew with Jibananda Singh (8.5), Nandan Buragoahain (8) drew with L. Scientist (8.5), Ch. Birabal (7.5) lost to Sashank Singh (8.5), Troilokya Nanda (8.5) beat Nirmal Jyoti Barua (7.5), Debananda (8.5) beat L. Shakespeare (7), Rajib Dhar (8) beat Suranjana Talukdar (7), Kiron Konwar (7) lost to Twinkle Daulaguphu (8), Lal Ruatsanga (7.5) drew with Montu Hatimuria (7.5), Manash Pratim Hazarika (8) beat Ranbir Chakma (7), Swaraj Buragohain (7) drew with Partha Pratim Dutta (7) and Durlov Nanda (7.5) beat Partha jyoti Borah (6.5).

   

 
 
ANOTHER FEAT BY BULA 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 20: 
Bengal swimmer Bula Chowdhury came first among the women in the International Marathon Swimming championship being held at the Torneos Gulf in Greece between Cassandra and Nikity.

According to information received here, the former national champion covered the 26 km distance in eight hours 11 minutes.

Chowdhury, who aims to cross ‘seven seas’ during this venture, finished at an over-all position of seventh among men and women.

   

 
 
BANGALORE RACING/ THE PELICAN MAY COME GOOD 
 
 
FROM WILLIAM TELL
 
Bangalore, July 20: 
Surprised by Iflookscouldkill in his previous start, the M. K. Jadhav-trainee The Pelican may make amends for that failure in the 2,800m Bangalore St. Leger tomorrow. The winner of the Invitation Cup and the Indian St. Leger, the Placerville-Natural Craze gelding will be partnered by Y. Srinath.

SELECTIONS

1.30 pm: Thrill of Success 1. Burning Roma 2. Little Genny 3.

2 pm: It’s A Steal 1. Smart Romeo 2. Fiddle Faddle 3.

2.30 pm: Selena 1. English Harbour 2. Agnivarsh 3.

3 pm: Mehvish 1. Special Request 2. Parisien Belle 3.

3.30 pm: Star of Heaven 1. Machrie Bay 2. Telegram 3.

4 pm: The Pelican 1. Pleasure Hunt 2. Tapatio 3.

4.30 pm: Silver Mist 1. Three Coins 2. Moonlight Rays 3.

5 pm: Prevalence 1. Ciel Fleuri 2. Florale 3.

5.30 pm: Common Wealth 1. Native Red 2. Whitehall 3.

Day’s Best: The Pelican

Double: Silver Mist & Prevalence

   

 
 
BANGALORE RACING/ DAYS OF GLORY UPSETS 
 
 
BY TITAN BOY
 
Bangalore, July 20: 
Ridden by Harish and trained by Michael Eshwer, Days of Glory posted an upset victory in the S. M. Ramakrishna Rao Memorial Cup in Bangalore on Saturday.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends)

1. Chaitanya Chakram Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (6-9-5) Coco Beach (Harish) 1; Katina 2; Touch of Frost 3. Won by: 4-3/4; 3/4; (1-15.8). Tote: Win Rs 13; Place: 11; 14; 27; Quinella: 22; Shp: 31; Tanala: 156. Fav: Coco Beach (6).

2. V. G. Saravanam Memorial Cup 2,400m: (1-2-5) Mythical Star (Prakash) 1; Adolfito 2; Regal Falcon 3. Not run: Royal Mission (3). Won by: 3-1/2; Dist; (2-35.3). Tote: Win Rs 13; Place: 10; 10; Quinella: 11; Shp: 19; Tanala: 22. Fav: Mythical Star (1).

3. Kranji Plate 1,200m: (6-10-7) Sushmitha (Warren) 1; Nuraaz 2; Indian Wine 3. Not run: Discuss (2). Won by: 7-1/4; 2-3/4; (1-15.4). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 13; 21; 26; Quinella: 62; Shp: 63; Tanala: 664. Fav: Silver Feathers (1).

4. Royal Challenge Plate 1,600m: (8-2-3) Abyssinia (S. Chinoy) 1; Welsh Dancer 2; Win Ameen 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 3-3/4; (1-42.6). Tote: Win Rs 1,335; Place: 96; 12; 23; Quinella: 691; Shp: 34; Tanala: 91,170 (C.o). Fav: Welsh Dancer (2).

5. S. M. Ramakrishna Rao Mem-orial Cup 1,200m: (9-7-1) Days of Glory (Harish) 1; Soviet Bay 2; Flying Scotsman 3. Won by: 3-1/2; 3/4; (1-13.7). Tote: Win Rs 61; Place: 17; 25; 20; Quinella: 326; Shp: 49; Tanala: 1,501. Fav: Silvertre (4).

6. Treasure Girl Plate 1,600m: (6-2-4) Another Time (Prakash) 1; Original Sin 2; Siberean 3. Won by: 5; 3/4; (1-41.1). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 11; 16; 19; Quinella: 23; Shp: 28; Tanala: 152. Fav: Another Time (6).

7. Parsiana Plate 1,200m: (10-3-6) Star Diamond (Prithviraj) 1; Blush With Pride 2; Bin Tin Tin 3. Not run: Key To Luck (2), Zoracia (7) & Live Wire (11). Won by: 1-1/4; 2; (1-16.1). Tote: Win Rs 24; Place: 12; 10; 28; Quinella: 21; Shp: 25; Tanala: 385. Fav: Star Diamond (10).

8. Chaitanya Chakram Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (7-1-9) Galaxie Dust (Harish) 1; Banzai 2; Cherry Blue 3. Won by: 3; 1-1/2; (1-15.7). Tote: Win Rs 30; Place: 14; 16; 21; Quinella: 48; Shp: 45; Tanala: 320. Fav: Arctic Snow (8).

Jackpot: Rs 1,24,496; (C) Rs 21,970.

Treble: (i) Rs 2,462; (ii) Rs 122.

   
 

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