Manush claims double crown at National Championship
Sonepat, Dec.30: Manush Shah completed a grand double when he won back to back finals – Junior and Youth Boys – at the 11Sports 80th Junior and Youth National Championships at Sonepat on Sunday. This was his first Grand double for Manush in a national event.
Manush, making most of the chance that he created in the semifinals to beat Manav Thakkar, ensured that he went home with double singles titles as he beat Ronit Bhanja of West Bengal 4-1 to win the Youth Boys title.
In the first final, Junior Boys, Manush played brilliant attacking game against Delhi’s Payas Jain. The Southpaw, Manush needed just four games 11-6 11-7 11-7 13-11 to lift the title.
Bespectacled paddler, Manush, who has had a direct entry into the main draw and did not drop a game, continued the trend in the final, too, to beat Payas Jain in straight games. The confidence of the Gujarat left-hander was impeccable and his free-flowing strokes were always difficult for the opponent to handle as Payas would have realized. The Delhi boy, who played well throughout and even led his team to the first title, could not overcome the powerful Manush.
In Junior Boys semis, Delhi’s Payas Jain steadied himself to thwart Raegan Albuquerque’s threat to win 4-1 to take on Maush Shah, who beat Deepit R Patil 4-0, in the final.
Within few minutes after claiming Junior Boys title, Manush had to be ready for his battle against Rohit Bhanja for the Youth Crown.
Manush, putting his fatigue behind, focused on the trophy and defeated Ronit Bhanja of West Bengal despite the stretched first game and a couple more. Exploiting the angles and executing his shots to perfection he posed a lot of problems for Bhanja, who managed to take a game of him. But beyond that he couldn’t do much against Manush, who was full of confidence and determination during his 18-16, 12-10, 10-12, 11-4, 11-5 triumph.
Earlier, in the first semifinal defending champion and top-seeded Manav Thakkar lost to Manush after the latter made a fine recovery from 1-3 to win 4-3 in Youth Boys singles. The Gujarat left-hander, countered Manav so well that the top-seed wilted under pressure.
Gujarat State Table Tennis Association president Mr Vipul Mittra, IAS, Chairman Mr Milind Torawane, IAS and secretary Mr Haresh Sangtani congratulated Manush for his extraordinary achievement.
Youth Boys: Final: Manush Shah (Guj) bt Ronit Bhanja (WB) 18-16, 12-10, 10-12, 11-4, 11-5; Semifinals: Manush Shah bt Manav Thakkar (PSPB) 5-11, 6-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7, Ronit Bhanja bt Jeet Chandra (PSPB) 11-8, 12-10, 11-2, 11-7.
Junior Boys: Final: Manush Shah (Guj) bt Payas Jain (Del) 11-6, 11-7, 11-7, 13-11; Semifinals: Payas Jain bt Raegan Albuquerque (Mah) 11-9, 11-8, 5-11, 16-14,11-2, Mansh Shah bt Deepit R. Patil (Mah) 11-7, 11-6, 11-6, 11-2.