Indians hoping for a better show

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

After the 0-7 drubbing in the World Cup qualifier against Japan, the Indian team were hoping to put up a better show in the return match on Wednesday.

Kolkata:

Notwithstanding the 0-7 drubbing in the away outing of the World Cup qualifier against Japan, the Indian team were hoping to exploit the home conditions to put up a better show in the return match on Wednesday. "The boys are upbeat. This time we'll surely play better than the last time," said national selector V P Sathyan after a morning practice session of the Indian squad at the SAI ground. "And unlike last time, we have the home advantage. It is a known turf for our boys. A large number of spectators will be roaring for the Indian team at the Salt Lake stadium," said Sathyan. Under the watchful eyes of chief coach Stephen Constantine, the 19 Indian probables went through their paces during the one-hour session. After a training routine, the players were made to sweat it out, with setpiece movements, long ball attacks and defence organisation being the focus of attention. The team doctor, Manab Bhattacharya, pronounced the player "fit". (PTI)

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