Paes missing from Davis Cup team

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Despite its bad run for the last three years and the absence of Leander Paes, the Indian Davis Cup team arrived in the Netherlands with high hopes.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Despite the fact that they had failed to break into the elite World Group in the last three years they reached the play-off stage, Indian Davis Cup team landed in the Netherlands with the hope of turning fourth time lucky. India is up against Holland – a team that is ranked 10th and consists of two top-15 players, Sjeng Schalken and Martin Verkerk – in the qualifying tie from September 19-21. Raemon Sluiter and Jon Van Lottum are the other two members of the host team captained by Tjerk Bogtstra. What makes the task even more difficult for the Indians is the fact that they will be without their best-bet Leander Paes, who is recuperating in Orlando, USA after undergoing treatment for a brain cyst. "Well, it would have been tough even with Leander. Without him, it is going that much more tough," team captain Ramesh Krishnan said in Zwolle, the venue of the match. The last time India were without Paes was two years ago when they played Sweden, again in a play-off. That experience should help Krishnan handle the present situation. (PTI)

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