Lucknow: He was 9 when he was introduced to squash. And, since there’s no looking back for him. Meet 19-year-old Mohit Bhatt, a first-year student at Shiv Nadar University, Noida, who is all set to represent India at the Asian Junior Squash Individual Championships 2022 to be held in Thailand from June 15 to 19.
According to Squash Racket Federation of India, Mohit has been part of the national circuit for over six years now and is ranked No 1 squash player in the U-19 category.
Excited over representing the country, Mohit said, “After trying football, karate and skating in my early years, I fell in love with squash. Once I enter the court, I don’t feel like getting out of it.”
Mohit has in his kitty three national circuits titles in Under-17 category and two in the Under-19 category.
“Professional squash courts and coaches have honed my skills and made me ready to compete at high-level competitions. Only in November 2021, I won two titles in the Under-19 category, back to back,” said the boy, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Management Studies.
Mohit’s father Jagdish Bhatt is employed in a private firm in Mumbai while his mother Pushpa Bhatt is a home-maker. “I am fortunate to play this high-powered sport which has been only accessible to members of exclusive private clubs,” said Mohit.
“He has the experience. I feel the situation should work in his favour,” said Mohit’s coach Rahul Vashistha, who has been helping Mohit prepare diligently by studying various players through video analysis.
“Mohit has an attacking game, and we are focusing on both skill and technique,” Vashishtha said.