Saurabh, quiet and efficient

first_imgFrom the dusty lanes of a village near Meerut to glory in the international shooting ranges, it has been a very fast, trigger-happy journey for Saurabh Chaudhary. As the 16-year-old boy shot down one more gold with his air pistol at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires on Wednesday, the immediate thought was how he could sustain his form like this.Indian shooting has seen a certain Jitu Rai dominate in 2014, winning medals in almost every big international arena. But then, there was a burn-out even for Jitu and he now battles his way back to the top. A shooter like Jitu can never be written off as he has natural talent, is an Armyman and slogs long hours.Saurabh is raw, almost expressionless and above all modest, at least till now. When he shot gold in the air pistol event in Palembang in August, it made big headlines. The youngster from Uttar Pradesh is a simpleton and almost devoid of emotions.”For me, he is like the next Abhinav Bindra. No smile, no emotion, win or lose,” said coach Jaspal Rana from Buenos Aires. Was that a compliment or rude remark? Well, Jaspal feels it is good at this point of time Saurabh is so cool and inert to emotions.The child in him is evident as he and golden girl Manu Bhaker were arguing even on the way to the ranges on Wednesday. When Abhinav won gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he had very few quotes to offer. In fact, even the day after he had won a historic gold when Nirupama Rao, Indian ambassador in Beijing came to meet him, he was reticent.advertisement”I told Abhinav, Saurabh is like him, no smile. Blank face at many moments,” said Jaspal. The reaction, this time, from the Olympic champion was a smile!Looking ahead, with the Olympic qualification cycle coming up in 2019, Jaspal feels a shooter like Saurabh will have to stay focused. “There are far too many distractions today, though he stays away from it. The key is to build on these achievements day by day and then aim for Olympic glory. It’s a process and there is no shortcut. Time will tell how many young Indian shooters can continue to stay focussed and look at bigger goals,” said Jaspal.last_img

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