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India worried about Malaysia challenge

other Updated: Jun 29, 2011 23:25 IST
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India's junior chief badminton coach Sanjiv Sachdeva wants all the players to keep watching the positives and negatives of the Malaysian shuttlers during the Badminton Asia Youth under-19 Championship, starting here on July 2.

"This will help our shuttlers to know the playing tactics of Malaysians, who are quite strong in our pool," Sachdeva told HT on the side of team's training at the Vinay Khand stadium here on Wednesday.

India and Malaysia, along with Vietnam and Iran, make up Group D, according to the team championship draw released Wednesday.

Sachdeva said he was confident about the team's chances against Vitenam and Iran but feels the big worry is Malaysia, which has players like their top junior Zulfadli Zulkifli, who now aims to be the best junior in the region.

He said the Indian team's pairings for the team championship (July 2-5) have been decided. Local shuttler Shivam Sharma along with Venkatesh will play in the boys doubles categories while K Maneesha pairs up with K Srikant in the mixed doubles.

Though PV Sindhu is yet to report for the camp here due to her examinations, she may pair up with Maneesha in the doubles section against Malaysia.

In the boy's singles, Sachdeva claimed that all top six players Sameer Verma, Pratul Joshi, Rohit Yadav, K Srikant and Subhaankar Dey were capable to pose a challenge to rivals.

China in pool A
Defending champion China have been placed in Pool A along with Japan, Bangladesh and Syria, whereas Thailand, Chinese Taipei, Sri Lanka and Jordan are in Pool B. Three key nations Indonesia, Hong Kong and Singapore along with Nepal would be vying for honours in Pool C. The Korean team had opted out of this tournament citing logistical problems involving long travel time.

Jordan's five-member team had a grueling training session at the practice courts at the KD Singh 'Babu' stadium.