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Decision to rest seniors correct: Pillay

October 03, 2003 20:01 IST

India hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay welcomed the Indian Hockey Federation's decision to rest senior players for the Afro-Asian Games, saying it will provide younger players an opportunity to showcase their skills at the highest level.

"We have been playing quite a lot for the last 7-8 months. I think it is a right decision to give rest to the seniors," he said.

Asked whether absence of senior players like Baljit Dhillon and Baljit Saini will affect the team's showing at the Games, which will also feature arch-rivals Pakistan, Pillay replied in the negative, saying the junior players are good enough to "play a tough game".

The 36-year-old veteran of three Olympics [1992, 1996, 2000] and four World Cups [1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002] added, "I am very happy that junior boys will get a chance to play in the inaugural Afro-Asian Games."

Pillay led India to the Asian Games gold medal in 1998 and the recent Asia Cup triumph in Kuala Lumpur.

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Sub: decision to rest senior players

iam not satisfied from the views of dhanraj pillay as well ihf in my views mr jyotikumaran wants to be players from rest of india ...

Posted by jatinderpal singh

Sub: Wake Up

Mr. Gill there goes a saying that u dont fiddle with winning combination, but i presume u havent heard or no one has said u ...

Posted by Rohit

Sub: Quit gracefully!

Dhanraj, you have been an excellent war horse. But if you are 37 years old, you need to retire permenantly. Did you score any goals ...

Posted by Muralidhar Rao

Sub: Are they victimised?

I hope it's not a fall out of spat at the Chennai airport between Pillay and coach Rajinder Singh recently over a ridiculous dictate from ...

Posted by Sunil G.


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