Adapting to changes does not happen overnight: Rupinder

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.

Rupinder Pal Singh (Indian Hockey Player)

Rupinder Pal Singh (Indian Hockey Player)

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.

Chief Coach van Ass is Working on defence structure

With the team all set to depart for Belgium this week for the FINTRO FIH World League Semi-Final scheduled from 20th June – 5th July 2015, Chief Coach Paul van Ass spoke the upcoming tournament and expectations.

Indian Hockey Players Rupinder Pal Singh, Raghunath VR and Malak Singh

File Photo: Rupinder Pal Singh flicks during a practice session as VR Raghunath acts as 2nd battery

Indian Men’s Hockey team chief coach Paul van Ass told the Devindar Walmiki and Satbir Singh will replace Kothajit Singh and SV Sunil respectively, while Rupinder Pal Singh will come in as drag-flicker to take the place of Raghunath who is carrying a hamstring injury. Continue reading →

India will be in Full Strength at Ipoh for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2012

In contrary to Chief Coach Michael Nobbs’ hints of fielding a relatively young squad in 21st Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, India will be going to Ipoh (Malaysia) in full strength to take part in the tournament to be held from 24 May to 03 June 2012.

Bharat Chetri

Bharat Chetri

Goalkeeper Bharat Chetri and mid-fielder Sardar Singh will be the captain and vice-captain of the 18 member Indian team, which is almost same as the team being fielded by India for Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament Men’s Four Nation Tournament to be held at Riverbank Arena, Olympic Park, London from 2-6 May, 2012 with only two changes. Rupinderpal Singh replaces Ignace Tirkey in deep defence, while Dharamvir Singh comes in place of Chinglensana Singh forward line .

The seven nation tournament will see fierce competition, on blue artificial pitch with yellow balls, from Argentina, Great Britain, India, Korea, New Zealand and Pakistan (all will be playing London Olympics) apart from hosts Malaysia.

Five winners of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, India will play their first match of tournament against New Zealand on 24 May, then followed by matches against Korea (25 May), Great Britain (27 May), Malaysia (28 May), Argentina (30 May) and Pakistan (31 May).

The Squad:

Goalkeepers: Bharat Chetri (Captain), Sreejesh PR Continue reading →

Vinaya Returns to Camp, 2nd Phase Camp Starts in New Delhi

The core group of Indian men’s hockey team reach Delhi on Saturday from Bangalore for the second phase of the Olympic qualification preparatory camp. The camp got underway at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi, on Sunday, which is also the venue of 1st Olympic Qualifiers for London Olympics 2012. Chief coach Michael Nobbs and exercise physiologist David Ian John  joined the probables for the camp after a short break in Australia for the Christmas and New Year.

VS Vinaya

VS Vinaya

Midfielder VS Vinaya, who is an expert on right flank, makes a return with the second phase of the camp. He last played for the country in the European tour in 2009, will aim to cement his place in the team after missing out during the whole important year of 2010, which included World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. During this period he represented Barcelona in the Spanish League for few seasons. “I am happy to be back in the Indian camp. During the time I was out I played a lot of domestic tournaments, but what helped me most was my stint with Barcelona,” he said.  While Yuvraj Walmiki and Rupinder Pal Singh are out of action for 2-3 weeks as they are recovering from injuries. Continue reading →

India thrashed China 5-0 in Asian Champions Trophy (Men’s)

The young Indian hockey (men’s) team got off with a thrashing China (5-0) in their first match in Asian Champions Trophy. India led 2-0 (Gurwinder Singh Chandi (5th) and Yuvraj Walmiki (21st) ) in first half and Rupinder Pal Singh (41st), Rajpal Singh (43rd) and V Raghunath (62nd) scored for India in second half taking the tally to 5-0. According to news; China were defensive and looked handicapped in the absence of their best four players, though India are in similar position, India took the advantage of defensive move of China. Rupinder Pal Singh was good in defence but Rajpal and Sarvanjit Singh missed a chance in the 15th Minute.

Rupinder Pal Singh, Yuvraj Walmiki, Manjit Kullu, Harpreet Singh

Rupinder Pal Singh, Yuvraj Walmiki, Manjit Kullu, Harpreet Singh