Being confident for the upcoming New Zealand Test Series, the India Men Hockey Team is geared-up to take on the kiwi challenge. While the India Men Jr Team are gearing-up to go all out and ensure positive results in upcoming the 5th Sultan of Johor Cup from 11th to 18th October.
The two-time reigning champion India Junior Men Team is determined to defend its title for the third time in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. And the Indian Men Hockey team are looking forward to the upcoming clash against New Zealand that the series is all set to throw at them from 02 October to 11 October 2015.
Shouldering responsibilities in a crucial position of centre-half, the talented mid-fielder Manpreet Singh is seen enormously adding value to the Indian team with his excellent capability of controlling the ball controlling in the D and which helps facilitate the team to capitalize and score goals. He is also considered as a very potent weapon for producing attacks on penalty corners and successfully provides a link between forward line and defense.
Speaking ahead of the much awaited New Zealand Tour, mid-fielder Manpreet Singh said, “We have prepared a lot for the upcoming New Zealand tour and we are pretty excited about the tournament. The coach is also making us work a lot harder during our preparations helping to improve on penalty corner conversions and our defence. We are working on rectifying our mistakes as we would not want repeat them in the upcoming tournament. Playing in the opponent’s home ground- New Zealand will be a tough challenge for us but we are confident of a positive result.”
Riding high on confidence, 19-year old young Indian defender Anand Lakra is working hard to strengthen his skills to ensure positive results in his favour. Being an integral part of the team in the international tournaments, he has been constantly providing support to the midfielders and forwards by initiating attacks for them by taking possession of the ball and counter attacking.
Speaking on the upcoming tournament, defender Anand Lakra said, “I am very confident of the team’s chances of winning the tournament again as most of the players are the same from the last edition. Our team is improving gradually and rectifying our problem areas in a planned manner. As the tournament will be tougher from previous year, we will have to fill-up the gaps and strengthen the defence structure of our team as defence will play a more dynamic role in attack. We are satisfied with our performance in the preparation camp and definite to retain the title.”
All games during the India vs New Zealand series will be LIVE streamed. More details about the live stream will be published on this website closer to the series. India and New Zealand A will be playing their first match on 2nd October 2015 in Auckland.