Jugraj touched by teammates' gesture


NEW DELHI: India's injured hockey star Jugraj Singh broke down on Tuesday when the entire national team visited him in hospital to show the Asia Cup they won over the weekend. 

Captain Dhanraj Pillay led his players to the local Batra hospital here where Jugraj is recovering from multiple injuries suffered in a car crash earlier this month. 

The players garlanded Jugraj with the gold medals they received on Sunday in Kuala Lumpur after defeating old foes Pakistan 4-2 in the final. 

“This medal is for you, you can keep it,” Dhanraj told the 21-year-old penalty-corner specialist who is expected to be out of action for at least a year. 

Reduced to tears, Jugraj returned the medals and presented each member of the team with a souvenir as family members and hospital staff looked on. 

TOUCHED: An Indian hoskey team player ruffles the hair of Jugraj Singh after making him wear a gold medal as other players look on in a hospital in New Delhi Tuesday. Jugraj was unable to participate in the recent Asia Cup after being involved in a road accident. - APpic

“I am touched by their gesture to come and visit me,” he said. “I prayed for the team's success and spoke to them on the phone almost every day. 

“They had promised to come back with the Cup and they did. I can't ask for more. I hope they continue winning.” 

Dhanraj said the team had dedicated the Asia Cup triumph to the young star. 

“Jugraj was on our minds when we went out there for the final.  

“His absence inspired us to win it.” 

Dhanraj revealed that many Pakistani players, who had played against Jugraj at the Champions Trophy in Holland in August, enquired about his health. 

“They were as concerned as we were,” he said. – AFP  

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