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Mukesh Kumar rues lack of chances

June 12, 2003 20:58 IST

Former India hockey captain Mukesh Kumar hasalleged that he was not given enough chance in the just-concluded Hockey Australia Men's Challenge,and said seniors should not be ignored in the country's overall gameplan.

"I have been playing for the country for the last 14 years and for the first time I felt as if I was being ignored. I was allowed to play only for five or ten minutes in almost all the matches and that is not a sufficient time to play to your full potential," Mukesh Kumar told Zee News in Hyderabad.

Mukesh, whohas represented the country in three Olympic Games, said giving juniors an opportunityto prove themselves is a step in the right direction, but the experience of the senior players should also be utilised.

"The experience of the senior players counts a lot, especially in pressure situations like the last few minutes of a game. That experience should not be ignored," he said.

The speedy right-wingeralso expressed his desire to continue playing till the next Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.

India won the second-leg of the three-nation tournament in Sydney after finishing second behind Australia in the first.

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