Players showing significant improvement: Terry Walsh

New Delhi: Indian hockey team`s chief coach Terry Walsh feels his players have shown significant improvement ahead of the FIH World Cup to be held in The Hague, Netherlands from May 31.

Walsh, who has set a top-eight target for the mega event, said the preparatory camp here post the Europe tour has proved beneficial.

"With less than three weeks left for the World Cup, the preparations of the entire unit here is coming out good and everyone is geared up to take on the challenges of the big platform," said Walsh today.

"While there are many focus areas during the preparations, like introducing new techniques, putting in place strategies keeping the opponents in mind, we are also completely focusing on the development and improvement of each player," said Walsh referring to the 33 probables for the World Cup.

The Australian, who had earlier expressed his displeasure over having the camp in the heat of Delhi, said the colder conditions in The Netherlands should not be a problem.

"The players are showing significant improvement in their self belief and there is a good overall development. The weather at Hague will not be a problem as it is expected to be around 20 degrees and hence a pleasant temperature to play in," he added.

Captain Sardar Singh praised the chief coach for dealing with the players` problems effectively.

"We are very happy with the way the coach has helped us overcome our weaknesses. The entire unit is focusing on the game and the tournament ahead," said Sardar.

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