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Ind hockey team needs to work on penalty corners: Ex-players

Press Trust of India  |  Ranchi 

"Unless the Indian team converts two out of three penalty corners into goals in every game, it is very difficult for the team to match the likes of Holland, Germany and Australia," said Michael Kindo, part of the bronze-medal winning 1972 Munich Olympics team.

A fullback in the 1975 World Cup-winning team, Kindo put his faith on drag-flick specialist Sandeep Singh.

"On his day, hardly anyone can match Sandeep Singh in hitting targets in the penalty corners. I hope he excels in all the matches," Kindo, who had also excelled in India's silver and bronze medal feats in the 1971 and 1973 World Cup, said.

India, clubbed in Group 'B' along with Holland, Belgium, Germany, South Korea and New Zealand in the Games beginning July 27, had a good outing in the recent Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia finishing third.

"If the boys continue to play the way they played in Malaysia, there is every chance of India getting an Olympic medal," says another fullback Sylvanus Dungdung, one of the stalwarts that fetched gold medal for India in the 1980 Moscow Olympics. MORE


First Published: Fri, June 29 2012. 11:35 IST