Raghunath replaces Sandeep Singh in WC squad

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Young penalty corner specialist Raghunath will replace injured drag-flicker Sandeep Singh in the Indian squad for the hockey World Cup

New Delhi:

Young penalty corner specialist Raghunath will replace injured drag-flicker Sandeep Singh in the Indian squad for the hockey World Cup, beginning in Germany on Wednesday. Raghunath pipped two others - Vikramjit Singh and Jugraj Singh - who were in contention to fill up Sandeep's spot in the Indian team. Indian Hockey Federation Secretary K Jothikumaran said Raghunath was preferred over the experienced Jugraj and Vikramjit because of his recent consistent performances. "Raghunath has been selected as the replacement for Sandeep for the World Cup. The coaches preferred him over the other two because he played well in junior tournaments and South Asian Games. Also, he scored in the practice game against Japan (which India won 3-1) two days back," said Jothikumaran. The Indian team received a jolt days before taking off for Germany for their World Cup campaign when Sandeep was shot in an accidental firing while travelling to Delhi in Kalka Shatabdi Express to join the rest of the national squad. IHF selected three penalty corner specialists who were flown in to Germany and were fielded in some practice matches to assess their form and fitness. (PTI)

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