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Hockey coach asks seniors to quit
August 19, 2005 15:12 IST
A furious Indian coach, Rajinder Singh Jr, has asked some of the "big headed" seniors to quit the game after the side finished the league engagements in the Rabo Trophy hockey tournament in Amstelveen without a point.
Yet another insipid show against Pakistan last night saw India crashing to their third defeat on the trot in the eight-nation championship, prompting the coach to blame the seniors for the debacle.
The defeat meant that India would be playing England on Saturday to avoid the wooden spoon.
Giving vent to his feelings, Rajinder, in an apparent reference to players like strikers Gagan Ajit Singh, Deepak Thakur and Prabhjot Singh, ridiculed "big headed" seniors with over six years experience at the highest level.
He said these players failed in the basics like ball trapping and made several blind mispassing for the third successive outing in the tournament.
"I cannot teach them this in the camps. If they cannot do this, they should voluntarily stop playing," an infuriated Rajinder said.
He also added that he would submit his report to the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) President K P S Gill on returning.