Darts In India – Update – February 2005

Ashfaque and the India team at the Pacific Masters 2005
Ashfaque and the India team at the Pacific Masters 2005

Having read my previous reports about darts in India, you will know that one of the rising stars is Ashfaque Sayed. Here is Ashfaque’s personal report of his latest success.

‘No marks for guessing what has happened Patrick!!

I was on song during the 1st All India Ranking Darts Championship held at Hyderabad this month. Once again I annexed the Men’s Singles title 2-1 and no marks for guessing my opponent – my good friend Vinod Sawalani He stunned me by taking the first game with the help of 180. It shook me but it also made me mentally strong and my games were then at their peak and with consistent high scores of average 100 plus, I managed the next two games – thus winning 2-1 – my winning double being D6. I won a lovely crystal Trophy and cash prize of Rs 18,000/-.

The main sponsor was Srilankan Airlines. The event was organised by Andhra Pradesh Darts Association under the leadership of Mr Venkat Reddy whose arrangements were excellent.

The Women’s singles was a repeat of the 2nd Nationals at Pune with Aneesha Mehta winning the title beating Jolly Chanda of Western Bengal 2-1. My wife Ayesha this year too lost to Aneesha in the semi Finals.

Vinod and I won the Men’s Doubles 2 – 0, defeating Elvis Jackson and Vivek Srivastav of West Bengal. The Mixed doubles was won by Yash Lakhotia and Amrita Raha (W. Bengal). There were 50 players from 12 states.

Another plus for us this time was that we were covered by television media which means the news was carried in 35 plus countries by Zee TV and DD News. This was apart from the print media. In fact DD sports recorded our match for a 30 minute programme which was aired in Andhra Pradesh and will be shortly aired in the National level. We are anxiously awaiting the dates. The Next Forte for me individually and for all I guess will be the 3rd National Championship to be held at Patna or Kolkotta in March / April this year.

By virtue of winning the titles this year I have raced ahead in the merit table with 18 pts followed by Vinod by 12 points. As things stand today (3rd February 2005) I am the lone selection for the national team for the World Cup at Perth next September. I am trying to bring up my level of the game that is to score constantly above 120 even in practice.

Anyways one good thing about darts I love is that you don’t need a sparring partner in practice you can do it all by yourself.’

Thanks Ashfaque and good luck to you and Vinod and all the darts players in India. I – and all visitors to my web site – look forward to receiving regular update on darts’ progress in your country.

Having said that, I would be pleased to hear from any dart players in India who have something to say about darts in their country or how well they are doing in competition. Do you think darts is going to be big in India? Let me know. Contact me through my ‘Contact’ page.

I look forward to hearing from you.