Shuttlers Ajay Jayaram and Anand Pawar will spearhead the Indian challenge when they start their campaign in the men’s singles competition of the China Masters Superseries tournament at Changzhou tomorrow.
World number 24 Jayaram,who had a good run at the Indian Badminton League (IBL) last month,will take on Chen Yuekun of China,ranked 30th,while Pawar will be up against the top seed Chen Long tomorrow.
While Pawar,ranked 39th,is unlikely to cross the first hurdle,Jayaram tournament will be equally tough as he would need to get across the likes of fourth seed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia and sixth seed Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark to move ahead in the draw. The Mumbai-based shuttler,who represented Hyderabad Hotshots in the IBL,has been in good form since the world championship where he had beaten world number 13 Wing ki Wong in Guangzhou. In the IBL,Jayaram defeated world no 5 Tien Minh Nguyen twice,beside beating world number 9 Jan o Jorgensen.
Shalini Bhalekar Trophy from Sept 17
The following players are selected for Shalini Bhalekar Trophy (U-25 Selection Trial Tournament) to be played from September 17 to October 3.
The following 4 teams were selected:
Hemant Waingankar XI: Swapnil Salvi (Captain),Sachin Yadav,Anuj Ambhire,Sagar Mishra,Sanket Jadhav,Ninad Kadam,Ajinkya Patil (W.K.),Jay Nayak,Hemant Buchade,Mairaj Khan,Akshay Jambhekar,John Abraham,Atul Singh,Amit Rao,Aquib Shaikh,Coach – Omkar Salvi ; Chandrakant Pandit XI: Swapnil Pradhan (Captain),Jaideep Pardesi,Vishal Chitrakar,Rahul Lad,Vikrant Auti,Pawan Kumar,Sumeet Ghadigaonkar ,(W.K.),Prasad Patil,Nehal Katakdhond,Siddharth Prasad,Pratik Gawli,Harshal Soni,Roystan Dias,Jay Dawane,Vaibhav Singh; Coach – Manoj Joglekar; Dilip Vengsarkar XI: Nikhil Mandale (Captain),Kevin Almeida,Darshan Kamte,Raunaq Sharma,Sujit Nayak,Shashank Singh,Yogesh Dhumal,Aditya Dhumal,Geet Sharma,Akshay Ghorpade,Deepak Shetty,Atif Attarwala,Shivam Malhotra,Nilesh Pansare,Akshay Sawant,Coach – R.S. Jhala; Lalchand Rajput XI: Nikhil Patil (Jr.) (Captain),Pratik Prabhu,Mayur Tandel,Sushant Khaire,Siddharth Adhatrao,Manish Rao,Akshay Parulekar,Vaibhav Mali,Sagar Gorivale,Mayuresh Sanap,Prathamesh Dhake,Akash Parkar,Gautam Yadav,Gaurav Bhingare,Gandhar Bhatawdekar,Coach – Vinayak Mane .