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From hedge-fund job to squash: gamble paying off for Ramit Tandon

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Tandon took "the risk" of his life last September by leaving a cushiony analyst's job in to become a full-time player, a move that seems to be paying off as he prepares to represent at upcoming in

Since that life-changing decision, the 25-year-old graduate has won two titles on the Professional Association (PSA) tour and jumped more than 400 spots to reach a career-high 62 in the latest world rankings.

Tandon says nothing can beat the honour of playing for India, so, he has no regrets about the "brave call less than 12 months ago. However, he does miss the comfort of getting paid by the end of the month, like he used to at the billion dollar

"Yes, I do the miss the stability of a job but it was a call I had to make if I had to play full-time and represent It is the greatest honour to represent your country. It is still early days but so far so good," the told

Until last September, Tandon was playing an odd PSA event here and there but a permanent job did not allow him to devote enough time to the game. Fortunately, he found the support of his employers.

"Honestly, it was a case of now or never. I could go back to my job even after turning 35 but I would not have been able to play squash at the highest level. My employers understood that and offered to sponsor me. The fact that some of my seniors at work played squash also helped," he said.

He graduated from University in statistics and worked at the hedge-fund for two years. Most people of his age would be happy with that career graph but Tandon doesn't look in life that way.

"I was earning well for a 25-year-old and if I had worked for another 5-10 years, I would be a rich man. Now my earnings depend solely on how far I reach in a tournament. That is the only negative I can think of," he explained.

"But like I said, I can always go back to it. I will start thinking on those lines only when I am not doing well in squash. The last 12 months have been productive and target is to break into the top-50 by the end of the year," said Tandon, who is considered a "gifted" but someone who needs to work on his fitness.

The immediate job at hand is the where the men's team will defend the gold it won in Incheon four years ago.

In the company of senior pro and world number 12 Saurav Ghosal, Tandon thinks they can do an encore. The entire contingent will be gathering in Chennai on Friday for a week's camp before jetting off to

"Based on the rankings, I think I will only be part of the team events. Really looking forward to winning some important games for the side. was my first time at a multi-sporting event. The feeling of staying at the Games' village was very special. I am sure will be another highlight of my career," he added.

He has chosen an unconventional career path but the in him will never die.

"I still keep a track of what is happening in the Wall Street. I was happy doing that and now I am happy playing squash," summed up Tandon.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 15:05 IST