Sehwag raring to go
In The City
Calcutta Racing/ Rutherford heads for Macao today
Udhagamandalam Racing/ My King claims Colts Stakes

Calcutta, May 5: 
For Virender Sehwag, the seemingly endless hours of physiotherapy are over. And, having faxed his fitness certificate to Board secretary Niranjan Shah, he is awaiting the latest India call-up.

Of course, but for the (left) shoulder injury during the Kotla Test against Zimbabwe two months ago, Sehwag would already have been in the West Indies.

Arguably the most talked about cricketer last season till Steve Waugh began dominating headlines, Sehwag hurt himself attempting to catch Grant Flower off Anil Kumble.

As it turns out, he will now only make it for the five ODIs, the series beginning May 25. The selection is slated for May 14.

Jo likha tha, woh ho gaya� Today, I�m focussed on training and, in time, will begin mentally preparing for the West Indies,� Sehwag told The Telegraph Sunday.

Speaking from his Delhi residence, Sehwag informed he began training �three-four days ago� and that he was �feeling comfortable.�

Theek lag raha hai� There�s no pain� It�s after I resumed training that I faxed my fitness certificate (signed by Dr Yash Gulati)� For the first four weeks, I couldn�t even lift a glass of water with the left hand� As is normal, complete recovery took six weeks,� Sehwag said.

Besides torn ligaments, Sehwag suffered a �minor dislocation.�

Exactly kya hai, woh mujhe maloom nahin� Bus yeh maloom hai ki halka sa dislocation hua tha� In fact, the moment I fell, I thought I�ve broken something,� he recalled.

Having been laid-off twice in a year, through injuries, a priority for Sehwag is to avoid major injuries. �Bach ke to rehna ho ga��

Sehwag, who turns 24 in October, has played 28 ODIs and scored 699 runs (1x100, 5x50). Additionally, he has taken 13 wickets.

Clearly, Sehwag�s USP is that the thinktank gets that exciting option of either opening with him or sending him down the order. Personally, he is game for any slot.

Mera koi preference nahin hai� I can bat anywhere� Mujhe khali yeh dekha hai ki main positive rahoon� Half the battle is won by being so,� he remarked.

While Sehwag is currently largely �focussed� on the training-bit � physical workouts followed by pucca nets at his Alma Mater, Vikaspuri Government HS � he has been �studying� the West Indies bowlers.

�Well, I�ve been watching the Test series� Both Mervyn Dillon and Cameron Cuffy are doing a decent job. Even if the wicket is docile, they will surely have to be watched�� he signed off, in the manner of a pro.



Victoria Sporting in first division

Victoria Sporting scripted a facile 83-run win over Howrah Union to emerge champions in the CAB second division league Sunday. Victoria managed to add just five runs to their overnight 225 for eight before being bowled out, with Surajit Das top-scoring with 93.

Surajit also played a significant role in his team�s promotion to the first division, when he took four Howrah Union wickets for 52 as the latter were skittled out for for 147.


Victoria Sporting (Overnight 225/8) 230 in 72.1 ovs (Surajit Das 93, Nitesh Agarwal 50; Syed Abbas Rizvi 3/66, Shahid Ali Siddiqui 3/84). Howrah Union 147 in 49.4 ovs (Nadeen Raja 40; Surajit 4/52, Nitesh 3/29). Victoria won by 83 runs.

EB in semis

East Bengal scraped past CAB President�s XI by 14 runs to move into the semi-finals of P. Sen Trophy Sunday. On the back of Avijit Ganguly�s unbeaten 100, East Bengal made 293 for five in 50 overs. In reply, the CAB outfit, despite Moyanko Chakraborty�s 109, was out for 279 in 46.3 overs.

Schools� meet

Barasat Satya Bharati Vidhyapith (BSBV) thrashed St Thomas� High School (STHS) of Dasnagar by seven wickets to win the Milo Challenge inter-school cricket meet Sunday. Batting first, STHS made 109 for nine in 35 overs.

In reply, BSBV, propelled by Sujay Das� 54 off 42 balls, reached the target in just 17.5 overs.

UP in final

Uttar Pradesh beat Orissa by three wickets to reach the final of the all India under-19 invitation cricket meet Sunday.

BHA league

Calcutta Customs and Eastern Railway won by identical 1-0 margins in their respective BHA group A matches Sunday.

At Mohun Bagan ground, Customs rode Aqueel Ahmed�s strike to beat BNR while Pitrus Ekka scored the matchwinner for Eastern Railway against BSF North Bengal at East Bengal ground.

Meanwhile, CCFC Gremlins emerged champions in the third division league. In the championship play-off match, CCFC beat Ballygunge Institute 3-1. Victor Banerjee, K. Seth and A. Singh Deo scored for the champions while K. Singh pulled one back for Ballygunge Institute.

Sarkar best

Soumyajit Sarkar won the sub-junior boys singles title beating Soumya Nandi 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 in the final of Smriti Kumar Majumdar table tennis meet at Boys Training Association Sunday.

Results ( finals)

Sub-jr boys � Soumyajit Sarkar bt Soumya Nandi 11-7, 11-8, 11-8.

Nursery boys � Priyabrata Das bt Anirban Sinha Roy 11-7, 11-7, 11-3.

Nursery girls � Kirtika Sinha Roy bt Sramana Dutta 11-7, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6.

Cadet boys � Monalisa Mukherjee bt Mita Basak 13-11, 11-5, 3-11, 4-11, 11-7.


HOCKEY: BHA group A: Port Trust vs CCFC (CCFC); SAI Trg Centre vs Khalsa Blues (East Bengal). Group B: Punjab SC vs BaranagarSC (Md Sp). All matches from 3.30 pm.

CRICKET: All India invitation meet (under-19) final � Bangladesh vs UP at Salt Lake from 1.30 pm.

CRICKET: P. Sen Trophy semi-finals � Tapan Memorial vs Kalighat at Eden Gardens from 10 am.

BASKETBALL: N.S. Subaiya memorial inter-school meet: Opening ceremony followed by matches at YMCA (Wellington Branch) from 2 pm.


Calcutta, May 5: 
Accompanied by father, Richard, apprentice Rutherford Alford will be setting out for Macao on Monday. Speaking to The Telegraph on Sunday afternoon, Rutherford said: �It�s dream come true for me but I am totally relaxed and not building up any pressure before the journey to represent my country in the International meet.� Rutherford will be participating in an all-Asian Apprentice Jockeys Invitational races on May 12.

There are two Cup and Bowl races � a 1,200m sprint and an 1,800m race � marked for the best apprentices from 14 countries. Macao Jockey Club will conduct races. �The competition is going to be tough but uncle Mark (Gallagher) has helped me do my home-work.� he said. Gallagher has ridden in Macao for five years.

Rutherford returns to Calcutta on May 13 afternoon and he leaves for Bangalore after a day�s rest. Bangalore summer season starts from May 18.


Udhagamandalam, May 5: 
TRained by Robert Foley, My King easily won The Hindu Nilgiris Colts Trial Stakes in Udhagamandalam on Sunday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Mukurti Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (2-9-6) Royale Girl (Sashi) 1; Star Illustrious 2; Snow Beauty 3. Won by: 3-1/4; 2-1/4; (1-19.2). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 20; 39; 69; Quinella: 319; Tanala: 10,651. Fav: Royale Girl (2).

2. Mukurti Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (12-4-8) Gold Mist (Abraham) 1; Mountain Memory 2; Camarado 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 2-1/4; (1-19.1) Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 18; 16; 52; Quinella: 76; Tanala: 1,313. Fav: Mountain Memory (4).

3. Stewards Cup 1,400m: (2-3-5) Fairy Regal (Rajendra S.) 1; Rainbow Crest 2; Fairy Winter 3. Won by: 5-1/2; 2; (1-31.4). Win Rs 18; Place: 13; 44; Quinella: 90; Tanala: 470. Fav: Fairy Regal (2).

4. Glendale Plate 1,600m: (3-7-6) Ardent Flame (Senthil) 1; Stately Girl 2; Jumbo Jet 3. Won by: 4; 2; (1-48.3). Tote: Win Rs 32; Place: 17; 21; 22; Quinella: 205; Tanala: 947. Fav: Ardent Flame (3).

5. Udumalpet Plate 1,800m: (8-10-9) Lady Gibraltar (Kariappa) 1; Bridal Flower 2; Super Value 3. Won by: 4-1/2; 2-1/2; (2-5.2). Tote: Win Rs 21; Place: 15; 27; 35; Quinella: 102; Tanala: 1,553. Fav: Lady Gibraltar (8).

6. The Hindu Nilgiris Colts Trial Stakes 1,400m: (5-3-6) My King (Abraham) 1; Dreams of Glory 2; Northern Fleet 3. Won by: Dist; 2-1/4; (1-32.9). Tote: Win Rs 13; Place: 12; 45; 31; Quinella: 122; Tanala: 591. Fav: My King (5).

7. Kottayam Plate 1,600m: (12-14-6) Arctic Charmer (Abraham) 1; Double Bubble 2; Sign of Success 3. Won by: 2-1/2; 5-1/2; (1-45.8). Tote: Win Rs 36; Place: 24; 110; 58; Quinella: 745; Tanala: 8,643. Fav: Silent Boy (11).

8. Chinchona Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (6-12-11) Splendid Pride (Prem) 1; Regal Charmer 2; Pretty Pebbles 3. Won by: 3-1/2; 2-1/4; (1-18.9). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 12; 26; 112; Quinella: 114; Tanala: 1,691. Fav: Splendid Pride (6).

9. Chinchona Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (9-8-4) Prodigious (Murugan) 1; Victory Arch 2; Dakshin Red 3. Won by: SH; 1-1/4; (1-19.2). Tote: Win Rs 181; Place: 49; 28; 44; Quinella: 1,375; Tanala: 32,602. Fav: Balma (5).

Jackpot: Rs 12,475; (C) Rs 165.

Treble: (i) Rs 1,025; (ii) Rs 113; (iii) Rs 1,172.


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