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Vikash Dhorasoo creates history
June 14, 2006 15:27 IST
When he took the field in the 84th minute in the France-Switzerland match on Tuesday, Vikash Dhorasoo became the first player of Indian parentage to play in World Cup finals. The midfielder also nearly won the match for his team when his low drive missed the target by a whisker in the dying minutes.
Born in Mauritius to Indian parents, Vikash -- considered coach Raymond Domenech's favourite -- came on as a replacement for Sylvain Wiltord.
Vikash had to take off his ring before making his World Cup finals debut sporting the number eight jersy and he promptly passed the first ball he received to team mate Thierry Henry, who fumbled and eventually lost possession.
Poor finishing saw Vikash's side being held to a goalless draw by Switzerland.
The 32-year-old Paris Saint Germain midfielder was in the 2002 World Cup squad as well but Vikash had to wait for another four years before making his debut.