'India let down by young players'

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:09 IST

Asian archrivals India and Pakistan battled it out in the classification game, but Pakistan emerged winners on the strength of a better approach.

'India let down by young players'

Athens:

Asian archrivals India and Pakistan battled it out in the classification game, but Pakistan emerged winners on the strength of a better approach and with the right mix of Asian and European patterns. Pakistan outplayed India in all departments, but the main credit should go to their midfielders, who gave excellent support to the deep defence as also the attack. On the contrary, the Indian players once again failed to put up a good display in any of the departments and it appeared as if the willingness to fight was missing in them. Depleted field The only excuse India can give for their poor performance is that they had a depleted field, with several key players carrying injury. But what I still fail to understand is how youngsters like Harpal Singh, Ignace Tirkey and Sandeep Singh, after playing five games in this competition, kept repeating the same mistakes yesterday also. The urge to correct mistakes was non-existent and lack of contribution from the youngsters put extra pressure on the entire mid-field and deep defenders. Expensive exposures To me it is still a mystery why the youngsters have not put up a good show despite expensive exposure extended to them by the Indian Hockey Federation. All the players should start thinking more about their performance and not about airing views to media on the coaching pattern, that too during the middle of the tournament. It clearly showed that the focus of the players was not on the game and as a consequence their performance suffered. It is high time the IHF took strong action against erring players, may be a enter into a written contract with them, like in cricket, which would make the stars mind their business and also be more committed to the game. (PTI)

Topics : Hockey India
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