Players find National Stadium pitch bouncy

Updated: 02 March 2010 07:47 IST

Foreign players on Tuesday said that the newly-laid poligras turf at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium which is hosting the 12th hockey World Cup is little bum

New Delhi:

Foreign players on Tuesday said that the newly-laid poligras turf at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium which is hosting the 12th hockey World Cup is little bumpy and creates problems in trapping the ball.

Veteran Dutch drag-flicker Taeke Taekema, who scored the tournament's first hat-trick today, said the pitch does not behave in a smooth manner when it is dry.

"The pitch is little bumpy sometimes, specially when it is dry and not watered. In practice matches also we faced a few problems but luckily today it was fine," Taekema told reporters after the match.

His views were backed by Argentina skipper Martin Lucas Rey, who said they faced a few problems today in stopping the ball.

"The pitch was bouncy. We had a lot of problems. Once I pushed the ball but the stopper couldn't stop it as it suddenly bounced in front of him," he said.

The Netherlands on Monday convincingly defeated Argentina 3-0 in a Pool A match here.

Topics : Hockey
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