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Identical twins Akhileshwaran, Ananthakrishnan star for OLPS

Identical twins Akhileshwaran and Ananthakrishnan script Chembur school's entry into maiden MSSA Div-II final

Identical twins Akhileshwaran and Ananthakrishnan Bharatarajan guided Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (Chembur) into their maiden MSSA inter-school boys' U-14 Division-III final with a 4-2 win over Pawar Public School (Bhandup) in the semi-finals at Azad Maidan yesterday.

Identical twins Akhileshwaran (left) and Ananthakrishnan Bharatarajan during MSSA U-14 final at Azad Maidan yesterday. Pic/Atul Kamble
Identical twins Akhileshwaran (left) and Ananthakrishnan Bharatarajan during MSSA U-14 final at Azad Maidan yesterday. Pic/Atul Kamble

Akhileshwaran is elder to Ananthakrishnan by just four minutes and there's little that separates the midfielder duo on the football field too. The brothers have scored eight goals this season — five by Akhileshwaran and three by Ananthakrishnan. The only notable difference between the 13-year-old brothers is that Akhileshwaran is left-footed while his younger sibling is a right-footed player.

"We practice together in our (Chembur) colony and sometimes even play against each other at home. We also play against older boys to improve our game. Akhil always corrects me when I go wrong on the field. It helps to have him around especially when I'm under pressure," said Ananthakrishnan.

"We know each other's game so well that we position ourselves almost automatically during a game," said elder brother Akhileshwaran. Our Lady of Perpetual Succour coach Phil D'Cruz hailed the twins' contribution over the years. "They are my playmakers, and have stood out in every game. Their combination helped us earn a promotion to Division III last year and again this year, we will be promoted to Division II," said D'Cruz.

Akhileshwaran scored twice, while Krison D'Mello and Abhishek Darule added one goal each for OLPS yesterday, while Mayank Shetty and Aditya Pawar scored for Pawar Public School. In the other semi-final, Don Bosco (Matunga) 'B' beat Lakshdham (Goregoan) 3-1 at Azad Maidan with Shyam Redekar scoring a brace and Mobin Rahimpur adding the third goal for the Bosco boys. Lakshdham pulled one back through Rishikesh Pande. OLPS will face Don Bosco in the final tomorrow.

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