Juniors showed potential: NobbsReported by Deccan Herald on Friday, 11 May 2012 (on May 11, 2012)
*India might have been knocked out of the Junior Asia Cup but the senior side's coach Michael Nobbs is not overtly dismayed as he feels the youngsters showed enough potential for long-term interests such as the Junior World Cup next year.*
Indian failed to defeat hosts Malaysia in the semifinals of the Junior Asia Cup on Thursday. Nobbs said India's prime target is next Junior World Cup and therefore long term interests are more important. "If winning this tournament is our priority we could have easily packed our team with some of our sparkling talents like Kothajit Singh, Chengalsana, SK Kuttappa and Manpreet Singh, who all played in the recent London Olympic Test event," he said.
"They will in any case be there in the junior team after the Olympics. However, Malaysian's target was to qualify for the Junior World Cup, so they targeted peak performance here," he reasoned.
"We did not have that pressure as we qualified for the 2013 Junior World Cup as hosts. That's why Malaysia had as many as six players in the present team who will be over age by the time 2013 event is held. Contrarily, all our boys here in Malacca will have age on their side for the same tournament," he added.
However, Nobbs said the young players have a lot of work to do as far as fitness and tactics were concerned. "The juniors here have to improve their fitness, tactical play and set-piece drills. They are with us in the camps, and will have continued training in the future where all these aspects will be taken due care of," the Australian said.
Nobbs also added that Indian coaches have to go a long way in training the boys on the style and pattern which is in sync with the seniors.
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