By Sonu Vivek Harmanpreet Singh, the captain of the nationwide hockey group labeled Australia as the very best group to play towards as a part of their preparations, heading into the World Cup in January 2023.
Calling the sequence a great preparation, the captain mentioned that the Aussie group is the very best and enjoying towards them will assist in their preparation for the FIH 2023 World Cup to be performed in India. He additionally known as the sequence a possibility to check the methods that they take into consideration. “The most effective groups to play with earlier than the World Cup. Good alternative to attempt new issues. What works for us and what doesn’t,” Harmanpreet Singh mentioned speaking solely to ANI.
India is scheduled to play a five-match Check sequence from November 26 to December 4 towards Australia in Adelaide. This would be the Indian males’s hockey group’s first journey since visiting Argentina final 12 months, and its first go to to Australia since Might 2019.
The Australian males’s hockey group is ranked first on the planet, whereas India is positioned fifth. This shall be their first match for the reason that Commonwealth Video games 2022 last, which Australia received. Speaking concerning the beforehand deployed technique towards the Australian group and the recent technique that the group will look to use he mentioned, “We normally play full press and fifty, however we try 65 and man-to-man play, specializing in the place we create positions to steal the ball from them. General we won’t change too many issues heading into the World Cup.”
Harmanpreet,26, has been essential in group India’s current success within the Tokyo Olympics and Commonwealth Video games and was awarded for his efficiency as he was named the group’s captain. He talked about their purpose within the coming main tournaments and acknowledged that the group is taking one sport at a time, with concentrate on the World Cup that shall be performed in India.
“We regularly discuss concerning the World Cup in our group and our mindset is that even a follow match can assist us get higher. All matches earlier than the World Cup are vital. Now we have our concentrate on the World Cup after which the Asia Cup after which comes the Olympics. We need to carry out step-by-step in main tournaments. Since World Cup is in India, we need to make India proud,” expressed the drag-flicker. The captain mirrored on the current matches performed by India within the lately concluded FIH Professional League and talked about the learnings from it.
He mentioned that beginning minutes of the sport are vital because it offers the chance to attain and hold the scoreboard stress on the opponent. “Beginning 5 minutes are essential. It offers the chance to transform the beginning time. We chased in these video games. We have to hold the scoreboard stress on the opponent. Avoiding playing cards is vital. To carry the sport when within the lead is vital. Outdoors tackling, 3-D tackling is one factor we’re engaged on as we have to play Spain in World Cup,” shared Harmanpreet.
He talked concerning the stress of enjoying within the essential place of a drag-flicker and expressed that the teammates are there to inspire him whereas his focus is to breach the 25-yard space of the opponent, leading to profitable assaults for his group. “Any group’s drag-flicker focus is to breach the 25 m mark usually and never let the assault in useless. We attempt to get a penalty nook, shot on purpose or rating a subject purpose. Every time we get an opportunity for a penalty nook, We focus that the inject and cease is nice after which our accountability comes to complete it.We’re profitable at occasions and unsuccessful at occasions because the opponent can also be studying us and planning accordingly.
“They block the left aspect at occasions and create a impasse, then we’ve to make use of a variation. Totally different methods. There’s not loads of stress as I’ve my teammates who inspire me. I simply concentrate on flicking the ball into the goalpost, the captain mentioned. India is positioned in group D of the FIH World Cup and which options Spain, England and Wales. The captain talked concerning the groups current within the group whereas mentioning that every group is nice and won’t be straightforward to beat.
“No group is straightforward, and no group offers straightforward matches. We see targets in a span of seconds, and simply learn the scenario and play and apply the talents. Until the final whistle, we have to focus,” he mentioned. India received the Bronze medal within the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and likewise clinched the silver medal within the 2022 Commonwealth Video games.
With the World Cup to be performed in India from January 13 to 29 in Odisha, the Indian group will look to present their finest and seize a podium end. (ANI)
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