With the Men team all set to play their first practice match against France at Belgium today, ahead of the Fintro FIH World League Semi-Finals, the team is confident of a great start and results in the upcoming tournament. Rupinder Pal and PR Sreejesh are excited and looking forward to how the new strategies will work in the team’s favour.
Speaking on the defence, Rupinder Pal Singh said, “The defence in this tournament intends to come out strong. We are working on closing the space which will make things tough for the opponents. We are now realizing that, earlier there were gaps which helped the opposition to score against us. This time around we have particularly worked on this area, now awaiting to start putting this learning into play”.
Speaking on his new position, he added, “A new situation is always a challenge for everyone. But I will not allow this to deter my determination to showcase a strong play. I have been practicing and I am gaining confidence with each day”.
Speaking on the new strategies that the team is working on, he said, “I am confident with the strategies that the team is working on and it will yield positive results for the team. Adapting to changes do not happen overnight but I am sure we will get into the groove soon and start delivering as per plan”.
Speaking on the upcoming tournament, PR Sreejesh said “The team in the last few many weeks has worked on various combinations and strategies keeping in mind the important tournaments that are lined up in the next fourteen months. The new way of attacking with 10 and defending with 10 gives me that extra confidence as now I feel my fort has been strengthened. This will give us that extra edge and I am hoping that this will help put the pressure and in the meantime also allow us to score through those half opportunities”.
Speaking on clashes ahead, he further added “For me our clash against Pakistan will be the most awaited.”
FIH Hockey World League Semi-Final is scheduled from 20th June – 05 July 2015. India will be seen clashing against France at 09:30 PM IST in their opening match of the tournament on 20 June 2015.
The matches will be telecasted LIVE on Star Sports.