Junior hockey 2001 WC winners Rasquinha, Halappa, Prabhjot hope for repeat

Viren Rasquinha remembers how the Indian junior hockey team came back after being down in the dumps in two games, against top opponents The Netherlands and Germany in the 2001 World Cup in Hobart.

updated: October 24, 2013 22:38 IST
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Mumbai: Members of the Indian team which won the Junior Hockey World Cup in Hobart, Tasmania, 12 years ago are hoping the current squad, gearing up for the upcoming edition in Delhi in December, emulates their feat.

"The biggest plus point of our team was our excellent team work and team spirit, which is very important in a long tournament like the World Cup. We never gave up even in the face of adversity, just hung on," said ex-India skipper Viren Rasquinha, who was a member of the 2001 Cup-winning team.

"The current team is very good and is training and preparing well. Gregg Clark (junior national coach) knows modern day hockey very well and he has got very good support in the form of Baljit Saini," the former half back said.

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