Sep 3, 2003

And now Jugraj

It's not a good time to be a successful Indian sportsman: Jugraj Singh was hurt badly in a car crash near Ludhiana, and was in a serious condition a while back. After Leander Paes and Baichung Bhutia, this is the third such event in recent days. India's penalty corner expert (in more ways than one: he not only takes the strike at the short corner but is also a vital defender when opponents have their penalty corner at the Indian goal) was highly praised at the recent Champions Trophy. Though still showing signs of immaturity (he scored off the penalty stroke in the bronze playoff vs. Pakistan, but rather stupidly gave away a corner that allowed Sohail Abbas to get Pakistan back in the game), he is a genuine star for India, and one can only hope he will back in time for some important matches next year on which depend our form and opportunities for the Olympics.

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