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Hockey team relaxes at Talkatora garden

india Updated: Feb 25, 2010 15:56 IST

Shouldering the burden of an entire nation's expectations, the Indian hockey team on Thursday took a stroll in the Talkatora garden to beat the stress ahead of the World Cup starting on Sunday.

Away from the prying eyes of the media, which has been desperate for a byte or two from the players, Rajpal Singh and his men arrived at the Talkatora garden at around 1050 hrs.

Surrounded by gun-wielding security personnel, at first the team mistakenly got off at the Talkatora indoor stadium, which is supposed to host Commonwealth Boxing Championships next month from March 10-18.

The stadium officials had no clue why the players had landed up there and promptly got ready to conduct a guided tour for the unexpected visitors.

The team, sans its Spanish coach Jose Brasa, got off the bus and on realising that it was not the place they were supposed to come, the players immediately got back into the vehicle even as security personnel shooed away anyone who tried to come to close to them.

"Garden kithe hai? (Where's the garden?)," said Prabhjot before being told that the team bus had taken the wrong turn.

They spent about half an hour at the garden before leaving in their bus.

The Indian team, which will open its campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday, has been kept away from the media on security grounds.