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22nd March 2002 - Page 3


HOCKEY The Indian Hockey Team was supposed to be the best ever team sent to the World Cup. Unfortunately this team turned out to be one of the weakest and stood at 10th position out of a total of 16 teams losing to New Zealand in their ninth and final game. India who was planning to stand proud at the top of Pool B could not even make it to the Semi Finals of the Tournament. It all started with their draw in the clash against Japan, their first match. Thereafter India lost their next three matches to South Korea,  the hosts Malaysia and England. The Answer to the Questions being asked could not be answered and so the Indian Hockey Board sacked coach Cedric D'Souza in the middle of the World cup. Assistant coach C.R. Kumar was asked to take over. India fared quite well in their next three matches, beating Cuba and Poland. India played very well against Australia but unfortunately they lost 4 - 3. Australia went on to meet Germany in the Finals where they lost 2 - 1 BADMINTON 
Defending champion Pullela Gopichand departed in tears after losing his title with a second round defeat on the first day of the All-England Open championships at the National Indoor Arena. An unseeded 20- year old Malaysian player, Muhammad Hafiz Hashim, beat Gopichand. This was the first time in 13 years that a defending champion lost on the first day itself. Gopichand admitted that it was disappointing and came as a complete shock for him.



Wasim Jaffer
Shiv Sunder Das

Middle order:
Rahul Dravid (vc)
Sachin Tendulkar
Dinesh Mongia
Saurav Ganguly
Sanjay Bangar
VVS Laxman

Wicket Keepers:
Ajay Ratra
Deep Dasgupta

Javagal Srinath
Ashish Nehra
Zaheer Khan
Harbhajan Singh
Anil Kumble

The selectors opted for a fuilly balanced team eventually leaving out players like Agarkar, Yuvraj Singh, M. Kaif and Murali Kartik. All the 26 probables were playing brilliantly and thus the selectors faced a pleasant problem of having to pick only 16 of them. The selection of Dasgupta came as a suprise, but they justified their decision by stating that he has been picked as a specialist batsman. The other suprise came by leaving out the in-form, hard hitting batsman Yuvraj singh and Mohd. Kaif. Virendar Sehwag had to be left out of the squad as he was unable to produce his fitness certificate before the March 19 deadline.
Siddharth Jain
For games on 03/20/2002

Iverson PHI 38
Hamilton WAS 30
Kidd NJN 28
Duncan SAS 25
Davis CHA 25

O'Neal IND 16
Brown CHA 13
Grant MIA 12
Blount PHI 11
Pierce BOS 10

Kidd NJN 11
Davis CHA 10
Walker BOS 9
Lue WAS 9
Tinsley IND 8

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