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We can still stage a comeback: Tirkey

Despite trailing 0-3 to Pakistan in the ongoing six-match hockey series, captain Tirkey exuded confidence that the team had the ability to bounce back.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 16:31 IST

Despite trailing 0-3 to Pakistan in the ongoing six-match hockey series, Indian captain Ignace Tirkey exuded confidence that the team had the ability to bounce back winning the three-match away leg against the arch rivals.

The Indian team with 10 new players lost all three matches of the first leg held in India and arrived to play as many matches of the second leg in Pakistan.

"My boys came together only two days before the start of the series and are improving day by day and I expect better results from the them in next games," he said.

Meanwhile, chief coach of the Indian team Rajinder Singh said the ongoing six-match series against Pakistan will provide vital exposure for next year's World Cup.

"So far we have not tested our new players in any big competition and this series serves the purpose," Rajinder Singh told a press conference on Tuesday.

"Hopefully, we will get two or three players from this series to include them in the World Cup squad," the Indian coach said.

Rajinder said his team had been committing mistakes in the circle and paid the penalty.

Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Mohammad Saqlain was optimistic for more wins, saying his team had a good combination.

He said 3-0 lead was encouraging and he would try to wrap it up with more convincing margins.

Earlier on Tuesday, the two teams crossed Wagah border to play the three-match second leg in Pakistan.

The Pakistan team arrived on time, but the Indians' arrival was delayed for four hours due to visa problems.

The Indian team had visas that allowed them to cross border either by bus or air. Later, it got entry after completing necessary documents.

The delayed arrival deprived them of scheduled practice session on Tuesday evening.

First Published: Feb 22, 2006 16:31 IST