ISP Squash



On 3rd and 4th October 2006, At Police Gymkhana



All Press Articles of the tournament :


Mumbai Topple Pune
(Article in Times of India 4/10/ 2006)

Mumbai: So far so good. That’s the story for Mumbai University after proceedings in the inaugural Tri-University squash championship, organized by HR College at the Police Gymkhana courts on Tuesday.

Led by 20 – year-old Dhiraj Nagpal of HR College, Mumbai University worked their way past Pune University 3-0.


The Tri-University Championship is the 150 years celebration of Mumbai, Calcutta and Madras Universities. Pune University is playing on invitation.

The championship is being played on a round robin basis and at the end of Day One, Calcutta and Pune had a win and a loss. Madras and Mumbai play their remaining two matches on the second and final day on Wednesday while Calcutta and Pune play their last encounter. Madras lost to Calcutta 0-3, while Pune too had to work their way round Calcutta 3-0.


Back And Winning! How Mumbai University’s squash champion Nagpal battled health problems
(Article in  Mid -Day, Mumbai : 4/10/ 2006)

HARDWORK is the key to success. Dhiraj Nagpal stuck to this good old mantra to change the course of his life.

Being overweight at 15, life seemed to ask too much of the youngster. Five years on, Dhiraj has tasted a fair amount of success and is looking as stunning as ever. Reason? Squash.

Parental Guidance

“My weight was a whopping 78 kilograms. I wanted to get rid of it. Then my father Ashok Nagpal (Indian squash professionals, Treasurer), himself a squash player suggested taking up the game. I started playing squash and the results were evident soon,” said Dhiraj.

However there were more problems in store for the Khar Gymkhana player.

Knee Operation

“After six months I suffered a cartilage rupture due to extra pressure on the knees. I had to undergo a knee operation,” said the final year BMS student in HR College.

With three month’s rest necessary to recuperate from the injury, Dhiraj’s squash career was virtually over.

But with support from parents, the 20-years-old Maharashtra player got back to the court. Today, he is among the top ranked players in Mumbai with many national titles to his credit. Recently he won the The ISP Club squash tournament and did well in Khar Gymkhana A’s triumph in the ISP The Leela squash classic team championship.

Back Spasms

“I ranked sixth at the All India U-19 table last year,” said Dhiraj. Still problems are not yet over for Dhiraj. He missed playing for Maharashtra ‘A’ in the inter-state tournament due to back spasms. But he returned to the court yesterday to lead the Mumbai University in the Tri University squash championship, 2006 organised by HR College at Mumbai Police Gymkhana.

He crushed Pune University player Ashok Suhag 2-0 (9-2 / 9-0) to help his team defeat Pune 3-0 in their first match of round robin league. Earlier Siddharth Samantray defeated Sachin Uchade 3-0 (9-5, 9-1 and 9-2) and Naishad Lalwani thrashed Angad Marwah 3-0 (9-5, 9-5, 9-6).

“It was my first match against a Mumbai player and the experience was terrible. He was invincible. I was no match for him. His game started killing me as soon as I entered the court,” admitted Suhag.


Clean Sweep For Mumbai
(Article in Hindustan Times, Mumbai : 5/10/2006)

Mumbai University emphatically wrested the Tri-University squash tournament title defeating their three opponents at the Police Gymkhana glass back squash court, at Kennedy Seaface, on Wednesday.

The event was organised by the sports council of HR College to celebrate the 15oth anniversary of Mumbai, Culcutta and Madras Universities, had seen the local team outclass Pune University, a special invitee for the tournament, on Tuesday.

Mumbai University carried their winning momentum on the second day of the two-day tournament against Calcutta University and Mumbai’s Siddharth Samantray set the tone for the tie wrapping up the opening class against Anurag Garodia in Straight sets 9-0, 9-0, 9-0.

Naishad Lalwani made short work of Calcutta University captain Rishabh Mundra, winning 9-0,  9-0, 9-2 and Mumbai University skipper Dhiraj Nagpal completed the whitewash with a 9-0, 9-0 win over Kanishka Bagarir in the inconsequential third singles.


Mumbai University Best
(Article in Free  Press Journal, Mumbai : 5/10/2006)

Mumbai University organised Tri University claimed the HR College organised Tri University Squash Tournament title after winning all their three ties in the round robin league at the Police Gymkhana glass back court on Wednesday.

Mumbai University, who had beaten  Pune University on Tuesday, began the second day of the two-day tournament against Calcutta University as favorites and looked strong from the word ‘go’. Siddharth Samantray set the tone for the tie, wrapping up his match against Anurag Garodia 9-0, 9-0, 9-0. Naishad Lalwani made quick work of Calcutta University captain Rishubh Mundra, winning 9-0, 9-0,9-2 and Dhiraj Nagpal completed the whitewash with a 9-0, 9-0. win over Kanishka Bagaria in the inconsequential final singles tie.

In the last tie against a weak Madras University, Mumbai captain Dhiraj Nagpal allowed reserve players in Abhishek Dhawan and Prateek Baweja to play and the scoreline didn’t change. Dhawan was run close by M. Premkumar but the former stamped his superiority, winning 9-6, 9-6, 9-5. Nagpal  dominated P.Karthick, winning 9-0,9-0, 9-2. and Baweja justified his inclusion in the team with a 9-0, 9-0 win over S. Suvarna Kumaram.

Nagpal was pleased with the performance of the team saying, “It feels great to have won the title with all players performing so well. What makes the win even more special is the occasion on which we won it.”

Dr. Mrs. Indu Sahani , Principal HR College of Commerce and Economics, said, “It’s a great way to celebrate the occasion using sport. It has been a great pleasure for us to organize and therefore interact with the participating teams.’


72nd Tournament Organised by ISP