Gearing up for the FIH World League Semi-Final, Indian men team's goalkeeper PR Sreejesh has been working extra hours to strengthen his skills in cutting down opponents' chance of scoring through penalty corners.
Indian men's hockey team spanked lowly USA 4-0 in their third practice match even as the eves narrowly lost 1-2 to Italy in their second warm-up game ahead of the FIH World League Semi-Final to be held here from June 20 to July 5.
Striker Akashdeep Singh says the Indian team realises the importance of the upcoming Hockey World League semifinals even though it doesn't have to worry about Olympic qualification in the competition beginning here on Saturday.
Indian men hockey team's goalkeeper PR Sreejesh feels the side's new strategy to attack with 10 players and defend with as many numbers will give the Asian Games gold medallist an edge in the upcoming FIH World League Semi-Finals to be held in Antwerp, Belgium.
As there is no pressure of Olympic qualification on the players, the Indian hockey team will focus on the mental aspect of the game at the World League Semi-Final Round to prepare for the bigger challenges in the future.
Hockey India on Monday announced a list of 25 probables for the upcoming India-Japan series, to be played in Bhubaneswar from May 3 to 9, which will be in preparation for the FIH Hockey World League Semi-Final (men), scheduled in June.
Conceding late goals by a fragile backline has been Indian's men hockey team's perennial bane which new chief coach Paul van Ass wants to eradicate by roping in a full-time psychologist for Sardar Singh and Co.
A "versatile" and "speedy" Gurbaj Singh will be key to Indian hockey team's success in the upcoming 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to be held in Ipoh, Malaysia, feels the national side's vice-captain and goalkeeper P R Sreejesh.
Striker Gurwinder Singh Chandi failed to make the cut as Hockey India announced a 18-member squad, led by Sadar Singh, for the eight-nation Hero Men's Champions Trophy to be held in Bhubaneswar from December 6-14.
Architect of India's memorable hockey win against Pakistan in the Asiad final, goalkeeper PR Sreejesh today said that the quality of domestic players was low and stressed the need to develop the sport from the grassroot level to get more international medals.