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Wait over, Sandeep in nat'l camp

india Updated: Jan 06, 2008 11:43 IST
Saurabh Duggal

Ajit Pal Singh's wait for a recall to the national camp is finally over.

The young drag-flicker had pinned all his hopes on his performance in the ongoing Premier Hockey League here, and it has worked. In brilliant form throughout the PHL so far, Sandeep has been named among the 29 probables picked for the national camp for the three-nation tournament in Chennai later this month, providing him with a leeway to trudge back into the national fold.

"I am delighted, my hard work has paid off. I was anxiously looking forward to it and I wouldn't let this opportunity slip by," said Sandeep, who has scored eight goals so far in the PHL. The drag-flicker said he was satisfied with his overall performance in the PHL. "I owe my comeback to the national camp to my performance in the PHL and to Chandigarh Dynamos," he said.

He said his flicks now had more power and was bringing in more variation into his game. "I have used it well in the PHL, scoring goals off flicks travelling along the ground, at waist height and some hitting the top of the net," he said, explaining the variations he employed here.

And it was this high conversion rate that helped the Dynamos remain on top of the standings. His performance even drew rich praise from national selectors Ajit Pal Singh, who said Sandeep would be an asset in the team.

Apart from the PHL, Sandeep scored heavily during his stint in the German League and domestic tournaments since he was dropped from the national side after Champions of the Challenge Cup in Belgium.

The three-nation meet, with Pakistan and Belgium as the other teams, begins January 22.