An exclusive interaction with young & up coming Carrom player from Moradabad, Mohd Gufran of IOCL. He was the player of the tournament of 26th PSPB Inter Unit Carrom Tournament.
What was the driving force behind you taking up carrom?
It all started in my home. There was an environment of carrom . I saw my brothers playing carrom and I developed a keen interest in it. I preferred playing it since one can play it indoors in a relaxed mindset.
What’s the best game you’ve ever played?
My most memorable game was at the Inter Zone Carrom Championship at Pondicherry in 2012. There were six teams – East,West, North, South, North East and Institutional. I defeated World champions Prakash Gaikwad in quarter finals, Bharathidasan in semi finals and Yogesh Pardeshi in the finals. It was great feeling to defeat these world champions. Winning the championship gave my morale a huge boost.
What is the secret to being a good carrom player?
You need to have a positive frame of mind. It is very important . It’s a mind game and any form of negativity will impact your performance. One needs to be calm and patience. Usually players when they are losing a game tends to get aggressive. This is not good . I have won many losing games just being cool and having a positive approach. Patience is the key.
What would be your advice to young people who are just starting to play carrom and take it seriously?
There are many promising young players. There are boys and girls who are just about 8/10 yrs old but doing extremely good. But there is lot ot learn. There is no end to learning. They should watch others playing . They should observe matches on Youtube . They need to have control of their mind and have a cool behavior.
What is the present scenario of carrom in India?
India has dominated the world of carrom. We have brought the maximum number of international awards compared to any other sports. All India Carrom Federation has taken several initiatives to promote the sport. Maharashtra Government have honoured carrom players and gave them financial support. But there needs to be more awareness about this sport.