The Indian males’s hockey crew, ranked No.4 on the planet, is able to face world No.6 Germany within the first of the four-match tour of Europe starting on Sunday, mentioned an upbeat captain PR Sreejesh.
“The complete crew may be very excited and wanting to get on with the primary match. It’s been greater than a 12 months since we performed a aggressive match, and we’re ready for the problem,” mentioned Sreejesh, additionally the crew’s goalkeeper.
“It’s been about 5 days since we arrived in Krefeld and the climate too has not been too chilly. It was about 16-18 levels after we practiced yesterday [Friday], and we’re fairly comfy enjoying on this climate,” he mentioned.
Sreejesh identified that the crew was attending to play a aggressive match after one 12 months as a result of Covid-19.
India final performed within the FIH Hockey Pro League held in January and February final 12 months the place the crew took on the Netherlands, Belgium and Australia on house floor in Bhubaneswar.
“Not enjoying aggressive matches in over a 12 months has been very tough, largely mentally than bodily. But the teaching workers ensured the classes throughout the nationwide camp had been deliberate in such a means that it could excite us gamers they usually tried to create an setting of competitors within the group. Though we performed loads of matches internally over the previous few months in SAI [Sports Authority of India], the following few weeks in Europe will present precisely the place we’re at by way of efficiency,” Sreejesh mentioned.
The captain emphasised that this tour would assist the crew set the parameters for preparation for this 12 months’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“These matches towards Germany and Great Britain are tremendous necessary for our preparations. It is a chance to check ourselves tactically, bodily and mentally. We are very fortunate to have the ability to play towards high quality groups, regardless of the continued pandemic. This outing will assist us set the parameter and allow us to plan our months main as much as the Olympics,” he mentioned.
In the context of enjoying Germany, Sreejesh mentioned: “We have watched this crew intently, analyzed their sport and replicated how we should play towards them throughout the previous few weeks in camp. They play man-to-man and our type of play will likely be barely tweaked with a purpose to succeed towards them. The entire concept is to implement what we now have been doing in camp these previous few months and the main target will likely be on ourselves.”
Sreejesh additionally spoke in regards to the supposed challenges of enjoying in a bio-bubble.
“There are not any challenges on this regard. We are very used to being in a bio-bubble and likewise perceive very nicely that the pandemic continues to be not over, and that we have to be accountable. We have acquired very strict SOP for this tour, and we’re following it to the T,” he mentioned.