Diwakar proved his potential in Jr Asia Cup: Bansal

Updated: 23 July 2008 18:19 IST

India's junior hockey team coach AK Bansal believes that young drag-flicker Diwakar Ram has certainly proved his potential in the Junior Asia Cup.

Hyderabad:

India's junior hockey team coach AK Bansal believes that young drag-flicker Diwakar Ram has certainly proved his potential in the Junior Asia Cup that concluded here on Friday night.

India retained the Cup by defeating South Korea 3-2 in the extra time and it was once again Diwakar who came to the hosts rescue -- first by leveling the score and then pumping home a penalty corner in the opening stages of additional time to see his side through.

"Diwakar has maintained his good record throughout the tournament and by doing so he has proved his efficiency," said Bansal, who has high regards for the youngster.

Diwakar has enjoyed a goal scoring spree in the tournament and emerged as the highest scorer, sharing the honour with South Korea's Nam Hyun Woo with 11 goals.

He scored two goals each against Japan, Malaysia and three against Singapore in the league stages, before adding four more -- two against Pakistan in the semi-finals and two against Korea in the finals.

He was particularly immaculate with his penalty corner conversions.

Diwakar was in such a devastating form in the event that coach Bansal said whenever India was awarded a penalty corner, the rival teams used to view it as a penalty stroke.

"Looking at our good run since the beginning of the tournament, the opponents viewed a penalty corner in our favour as a penalty stroke," he said.

The 18-year-old lad from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh first emerged in the limelight during the Test series against Belgium earlier this year.

However, the defining moment of his career came when he became the the top scorer in a eight-nation invitational hockey tournament in Kuala Lumpur early this year with 12 goals and added another four at the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament, where India finished runners-up.

Topics : Hockey
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