Coach Saurav Panja Praises Under-14 Team’s Positive Traits

Harithashree Venkatesh, Maaya Rajeshwaran, Coach Saurav Panja, Prakaash Sarran, and Shivtej Shirfule in the Asian under-14 tournaments in Bhubaneswar.| Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

The Indian under-14 developmental team recently participated in the two-week long Asian event held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. While the Korean team dominated the tournament, Indian players put up a significant effort.

Maaya Rajeshwaran reached the girls’ finals in the very first week, followed by Shivtej Shirfule, who made it to the boy’s summit in the second week. Saurav Panja, a former talented player, was impressed by the team’s game and attitude.

“Harithashree Venkatesh played well in the first week securing the third place. Maaya and Harithashree also won the silver by playing smart doubles. Overall, it was a commendable performance by the Indian under-14 team securing three silver and a bronze medal,” said Panja.

Prakaash Sarran was the fourth player from India in the squad and managed to reach the quarterfinals in the initial week. Panja was delighted to provide guidance to these players, who had just competed in the Asia-Oceania World Junior event in Kuching, Malaysia.

“They are all talented and responsive players. They are disciplined, hard-working and have a good attitude to learn,” said Panja.

Despite the significant effort showcased by the Indian team, there is still ample room for improvement as the players gain exposure by playing against other talented players from the region. Panja advised the team to stay focused, work hard, and chase their dreams.

Panja was happy to have the opportunity to work with the best of Indian talent and contribute towards their growth.

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