August 30, 2010, Kolkata (Calcutta Tube): The Commonwealth Games is round the corner and squash is one event where Indians will expect something significant when world number 26 Indian squash sensation Saurav Ghoshal steps in the court in October. IBNS correspondent Supriyo Hazra caught up with the talented Squash player in Kolkata. Excerpts:
When did you start playing Squash?
I was almost 9 years old when I started playing Squash.
When most of the Indian children were attracted towards cricket or football, what made you choose squash?
Well, when I was a small boy, I used to play both cricket and football. In fact, I used to be an all-rounder in cricket. But my real passion and love was always towards squash.
Who was your inspiration during your initial days?
My inspiration was of course my dad. I had also heard a lot about the Khan Brothers. I have also seen Amir Shabana’s game. Actually, I enjoy myself a lot when I play.
Can everyone in India afford to participate in this game?
Squash is an accessible game. Everyone can do it. The squash rackets are not very expensive.
According to you how much popular this game is going to be in the years to come?
Frankly, it depends a lot on the success of these sorts of initiatives (referring to the Punj Lloyd All India Inter School Squash Championship, East Zone). Moreover, it also depends on how I and other Indian squash players perform at the international circuit. The onus is on us and this is very exciting.
When do you see yourself becoming the World No. 1?
Tell us something about your daily practice schedule?
When I am in England, I start practising at 10:30 am in the morning and then I continue it till 12:30 pm. Then I return home, have my lunch and start having sessions with my physical trainer.
What Saurav likes to do apart from squash?
Well, I am fond of sports and I am a big fan of Manchester United. Apart from that I listen to a lot of music and I also enjoy watching movies when I get time.
What message do you want to give to the young squash players in India?
My message to them is, you should work hard. One should always remain modest and aim to achieve big in life. You should think big and never keep your perspective narrow.