On his first international tour since 2019, seasoned drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh on Friday emphasised on taking part in easy hockey as an alternative of being too dramatic on the sector because the Indian workforce gears up to tackle Olympic Champions Argentina. Rupinder, who arrived right here on Thursday together with the Indian workforce for a 16-day tour that features back-to-back Pro League matches on April 11 and 12, missed the tour of Europe in February due to hamstring harm. Having secured his place within the facet for his first abroad tour since 2019 when India travelled to Belgium, the lanky defender is determined to make up for the misplaced alternatives within the essential Olympic yr. “I’m tremendous excited to play towards the Olympic champions. It’s been a really lengthy break from aggressive hockey. My final abroad tour was in September 2019 once we performed in Antwerp, Belgium,” Rupinder was quoted as saying in a Hockey India launch.
Rupinder had injured hamstring one week earlier than the workforce left for Europe. “I used to be in good nick final yr. Now towards Argentina, it will likely be all about discovering that rhythm again. It is necessary to play easy hockey, as chief coach Graham Reid all the time says and not do something too dramatic. Focus might be on primary abilities, robust defence, good on-field communication and coordination with one another.” Rupinder contributed to the workforce’s marketing campaign with a complete of 5 objectives from six FIH Hockey Pro League matches performed by India final yr. India will play their first follow match towards Argentina on April 6. The Indian workforce is scheduled to play six matches towards Argentina.