Maharashtra headlines face tough Haryana in the first national basketball game

NAGPUR: The city's emerging striker, Sameeksha Chandak, will have to take out all his weapons when defending champion Maharashtra faces a complicated side of Haryana in his initial draw of the 46th National Sub-Junior Basketball Championship (U-13) in Pushpin on Tuesday.

The national meeting for boys and girls, organized by the Basketball Federation of India (BFI), will be played on the twin courts of the Jawaharlal Nehru indoor stadium.

Being the only player in the Maharashtra contingent that came out triumphant in the previous edition of the match in Himachal Pradesh, Sameeksha deserved to be the captain to lead the 12-member state side. Being the only high-ranking member in the squad, the 13-year-old will be a little under pressure to lead a relatively young team that has a good average height but is a bit slow compared to the sprinters of Haryana, Kerala and Tamil Nadu . they are worried.

Sameeksha, who can easily change his role between a forward and a pole guard, needs to join well with Gunjan Mantri and Pune's cagers Janhavi Kakde, Pragati Nawale and Akshaya Patil to get the deserved result.

In the seven-day national match for U-13 cagers, Maharashtra has been placed in a difficult group along with Karnataka , Kerala, Punjab and Haryana.

Similarly, Sarthak Dhuldhule of the city was appointed captain to lead the Maharashtra boy's outfit. And the pint-sized shipowner should be at his best when the state cages, the bronze medalists of the previous edition, begin their campaign against Rajasthan on Wednesday. Maharashtra was placed next to Rajasthan, Bihar, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh, runners-up last year, in Group B of the children's section.