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After Asia Cup disaster, all eyes on junior team

india Updated: May 14, 2009 01:43 IST
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The shocking exit of defending champions India from the Asia Cup has come as a note of caution for the colts preparing for the Junior World Cup being jointly organised by Singapore and Malaysia from June 7 to 21.

"We aren't being overconfident. We are not under pressure either," said chief coach AK Bansal on Wednesday. "But we will have to be cautious and careful, as all eyes would be on us now.

"The boys have developed a great combination as they have been playing together for the last one-and-a-half years."

In March this year, the colts had lost to Pakistan in the four-nation final at Johor Bahru in Malaysia, but the coach feels that defeat won't have much of an impact on team's morale.

"We have learnt a lot of things from that defeat…that loss won't have any impact on our determined side." He said the boys were responding well to the 'special plan' designed for the World Cup. "In the next couple of days, the boys will be told about the playing techniques of top teams like New Zealand, the Netherlands, Australia and Pakistan through video analysis."In the final tune-up, we would be concentrating on penalty-corners," he said.

India have been placed in Pool 'D' alongside the Netherlands.