State junior and sub junior champion Ishpreet Singh Chadha overcame Zubin Leninwala of Indian Snooker Academy to clinch the title,in the NSCI-BSAM All India Under-25 Snooker Challenge 1,at the National Sports Club of India,Worli.
Chadha,who had shocked title favourite Laxman Rawat in the semi-finals,romped to a 59-10,48-53,62-52,65-48,65-35 win in the best-of-seven frames championship round.
Leninwala frittered away the many advantages he had from the start including substantial leads and paid the price for missed opportunities. On the other hand,Chadha,not at his best,seized his chances and dominated what could have been a close contest had Leninwala remained on cue.
After bagging the third frame narrowly,Chadha,who trains under twice Asian champion Yasin Merchant,recovered from a 20-point deficit in the crucial fourth and surged to a 3-1 lead after potting the blue and firing a pink cannon that was the shot of the day.
Leninwala had the crucial fifth frame within his grasp that would have set the stage for an exciting finish. But after holding on to a slender lead,he missed a simple red in the centre pocket,one of his many blemishes. It paved the way for Chadha to surge ahead with impressive potting and positioning until a break of 25,which was significant and put him well ahead,ended prematurely but was good enough to seal victory.
It was a well-earned victory especially after all the hard work. All the credit goes to my coach Yasin Merchant and my mother Bobby, said a delighted Chadha. Zubin was not at his best and I just capitalized on my chances by playing my normal game.
Chadha for Bombay Gym: Bombay Gymkhana has rewarded Ishpreet Singh Chadha with playing membership for a period of five years after the young cueist became the state junior billiards and snooker champion and sub junior snooker champion,recently. Chadha will now represent Bombay Gymkhana from the Malabar Hill Club-BSAM All India Under-25 Snooker Challenge 3 from August 1.
Result (Final): Ishpreet Singh Chadha (Khar Gym) bt Zubin Leninwala (ISA) 59-10,48-53,62-52,65-48,65-35.