Former hockey players backs Team India for final

Ranchi: Former hockey players on Friday wished India cricket team `good luck` for the World Cup final against Sri Lanka tomorrow and said if the side could lift the trophy, it would be a great tribute to the senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar.

"Winning the coveted cup for the second time will be team`s fitting tribute to Sachin Tendulkar, whose cabinet will be completed with all the cricket laurels," Michael Kindo told PTI.

Tendukar is playing in his fifth World Cup and is probably featuring in the flagship event of the game for the last time.

"I remember the night when Kapil`s devils humbled the mighty West Indies in 1983 World Cup final in England. For me, tomorrow will be another enthralling experience when Dhoni`s daredevils clash with Sri Lanka on home ground," Kindo, who was a full-back in the 1975 hockey World Cup winning team, said.

Kindo was also part of the silver and the bronze medal winning teams in the 1973 and 1971 hockey World Cup respectively.

Sylvanus Dungdung, another full-back in the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games gold medal winning team, said Team India has done a good job.

"Dhoni and his boys should give the finishing touch to lift the Cup, which I believe they will. My good wishes to the team," said Dungdung, who is skipper Dhoni`s in neighbour in Ranchi.

Former Indian hockey team captain Dilip Tirkey said, "Dhoni and other cricketers pitched behind Indian hockey team during the 2010 World Cup hockey; now it is our turn to back them to the fullest in their hour of glory."

"They have played very well in the semifinal against Pakistan, and should maintain the tempo. What is important is to focus on the game and remain cool till the last delivery bowled," suggested Tirkey, who retired recently.

Another veteran hockey player Manohar Topno extended his wishes to the Indian team.