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Guts and hunger will fire Asia to maiden EurAsia title: Atwal

Press Trust of India  |  Kuala Lumpur 

With all 12 of their golfers in world's top-75, seem the stronger side but Team Asia's "guts and hunger" would be enough to turn the tables on the defending champions when the two sides square off in the this week, Atwal said today.

Team has only seven in Top-100 for the third edition of the Yet, Europe, who are also preparing for against the later this year, were not willing to take lightly.

Atwal issued a strong statement as he revealed his strongest pairings in the first and sixth match for Friday's opening Fourball matches.

With having Tied 10-10 in the inaugural edition in 2014 and going down 18 - 5 in 2016, Atwal, leading the side for the first time, is keen on reversing that and register an upset win at the Glenmarie and Country Club.

"The matches look pretty balanced. But the players in my team are all champions and they all know how to win," said Atwal, a winner on multiple tours, ranging from to and US.

"If you come into our team room, you'll see their banners up and each and every one of them holding trophies. It takes a lot of guts and hunger to win a tournament, and all 12 of my players have it."

Atwal chose to send out Korea's Byeong hun An, the European Tour Rookie of the Year in 2015, and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat to battle against England's Tommy Fleetwood, No. 1 and World No. 14.

Paul Casey, a two-time runner-up at World Matchplay and member of winning teams in Ryder Cup, and Seve Trophy.

The Indian duo of Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia, who are great friends and rivals having won all three Hero Indians Opens between them in last three years, will clash with England's and Tyrrell Hatton.

"SSP and I are very comfortable playing with each other. We have great communication and we have played so much together. We were at a couple years ago, and I think we have very complementary game styles," Lahiri said.

"He's a great putter. I've been in good form finishing the year, so I feel confident with my game. Hopefully we can go out there and make a bunch of birdies," he added.

Chawrasia said he and Lahiri share an excellent rapport on the course.

"We have played a lot of together and some practise rounds, too. We chose each other because we know each other's game and understand each other."

Asia's second pairing of and will also prove to be a formidable one as Ikeda, the highest ranked Asian at world number 36 is poised to strike a decisive partnership with Green, Asia's number one as they attempt to take down England's and Belgium's Thomas Pieters.

Atwal's strategic pairing of Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai and Japan's Hideto Tanihara where there is a mix of youth and experience could prove to be the difference as they face off with Sweden's and Ireland's Paul Dunne.

Atwal picked Korea's Sunghoon Kang for the fourth match with Thailand's while Team Europe's opted for Major winner of and France's

Malaysia's together with China's Li Haotong will then square off against Austria's in the fifth match before the Indians Chawrasia and Lahiri take on Hatton and

Pairings for fourball on Day 1:

Match 1: T Fleetwood/ P Casey vs Byeong An/ Kiradech; Match 2: T Pieters/ M Fitzpatrick vs Yuta Ikeda/ G Green; Match 3: A Noren/ P Dunne vs H Tanihara/ P Khongwatmai; Match 4: H Stenson/vs Sunghoon Kang / P Saksansin; Match 5: /B Wiesberger vs N Fung/ Li Haotong; Match 6: T Hatton/R vs A Lahiri/ SSP Chawrasia.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 17:55 IST