Manush Shah completed a grand double when he emerged on top in back to back finals in the junior and youth boys categories at the 11Sports 80th Junior and Youth National Championships on December 30 (Sunday). The victory was sweeter for Manush as it was his first double title triumph at a national event.
Manush thrashed West Bengal's Ronit Bhanja, 4-1, to clinch the youth boys title. In the junior boys final, Manush played a brilliant attacking game against Delhi's Payas Jain. The southpaw needed just four games 11-6, 11-7, 11-7, 13-11 to claim the title.
The confidence of the Gujarat left-hander was somethingg worth witnessing. His free-flowing strokes were difficult for the opponent to grasp and Payas can easily vouch for this. The Delhi boy, who played well throughout and even led his team to the first title, could not overcome the challenge from in-form Manush.
Junior boys semis
Jain triumphed over Raegan Albuquerque 4-1 while Maush beat Deepit Patil 4-0. Within a few minutes after claiming the junior boys title, Manush had to be ready for his battle against Rohit Bhanja for the youth Crown.
Putting his fatigue behind, Manush defeated Bhanja 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 Bhanja 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 victory.
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega