KUALA LUMPUR: Let him decide for himself.
India’s world No. 10 Saurav Ghosal feels national squash player Ng Eain Yow should make his own decision on whether it’s best for him to be based overseas in order to raise his game.
The 21-year-old Eain Yow is one of the rising stars on the international squash scene and he proved it with an impressive performance to stun defending champion Max Lee of Hong Kong in the quarter-finals of the Asian Individual Championships last week.
But the Malaysian was no match for India’s Saurav in the semi-finals. Saurav went on to lift the the title when he beat Leo Au of Hong Kong in the final.
The reigning Asian champion believes Eain Yow himself should decide whether he is to be based overseas.
“I think everyone is different and I think that one must first be comfortable abroad.
“If he feels that he’s going to be happy living abroad, then sure it’s something for him to look into but it’s about finding the right fit,” said Saurav.
“It’s not just about getting a top name for a coach but one who can get the best out of him. So it’s not an easy decision and he has to consider and decide.”
The 32-year-old Saurav is based in England where he trains under Malcolm Willstrop, whose son James Willstrop is a former world No. 1.
“Like for me when I decide to be based in England under Malcolm, it was not because of the players he had produced but because I wanted to play the way James played. I liked the way he played and I felt if I could do that, I would be a better player.”
In terms of potential, the 12-time Indian national champion believes that the sky is the limit for 2016 world junior champion.
“He is obviously the future and has proven his potential as the world junior champion. Malaysian men’s squash is in good hands and he is producing the goods.
“He beat Max and even against me he played well at a high level, so he has a lot of time ahead of him. I look forward to have a few more matches with him before I say goodbye to squash.
“I know that he works hard and that there is no substitute for that because that will give him the best possible opportunity to fulfill his potential.”
“But I guess you have to let him be him and not compare him to (former world No. 7) Ong Beng Hee, (former world No. 10) Azlan Iskandar or Nafiizwan Adnan.”