The present Indian males’s hockey group is best outfitted to complete on the rostrum than the one which competed on the 2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janerio, feels former India drag-flicker VR Raghunath. “The Canada match which we drew price us in 2016. That end result put us in a distinct qualification group. But I really feel the present batch of gamers can deal with the Olympics lots higher. The identical batch of gamers have been round for seven-eight years now, they’re in contact with European gamers. They can carry out significantly better than Rio,” Raghunath instructed Hockey Te Charcha podcast collection.
“In the Olympics, it comes down to 1 or two matches and the way you get your rhythm proper within the enviornment. I’ve seen groups retaining it easy and enjoying with a free thoughts. I might inform the gamers to not suppose a lot concerning the event,” he mentioned.
India misplaced 1-Three to Belgium, the eventual finalists, within the quarter-finals and crashed out.
“The gamers are in the identical age group and have been quarantined collectively for a very long time so they’re conversant in one another and have been successful Pro League video games as nicely. Players like Rupinder and Manpreet had been round within the earlier version as nicely. They have lined each space nicely,” Raghunath mentioned.
A former Asian Games champion, Raghunath was all reward for present vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh, who took over drag-flick duties from him.
“Harman had instantly arrived after the under-21 World Cup win. There had been directions from the coaches to take him underneath our wings; to guard him a minimum of for 30-40 matches, in order that he might get an thought of what worldwide hockey is all about. We guided him and he grasped issues in a short time,” he mentioned.
“We might see the leads to simply three-four months. He began scoring as nicely. Rupinder Pal Singh and I attempted to deal with him like a brother and never as a participant. Our coaches have moulded us in such a means that the juniors are snug across the seniors. He has come a good distance over the past 4 years, and I really feel he has one other eigh-10 years of worldwide hockey in him.”
Raghunath identified that Varun Kumar and Amit Rohidas have additionally entered the combo. “This is nice for Indian hockey as we aren’t certain when a participant shall be down with an harm.”
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