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.
National men's hockey team goalkeeper P R Sreejesh, young striker Akashdeep Singh and woman player Rani Rampal missed out on the FIH 2014 International Players of the Year awards which was announced on Thursday.
Goalkeeper P R Sreejesh's magnificent effort went in vain as Olympic champions Germany scored a late goal to beat hosts India in their opening Pool B match of the Hero Champions Trophy at a packed Kalinga Stadium, here on Saturday.
The Kerala government on Wednesday offered a job and announced a cash prize of Rs 15 lakhs to national hockey team vice-captain P R Sreejesh, whose stellar performance in front of the goal helped India beat arch-rivals Pakistan in the final of the Incheon Asian Games.
With new rules set to be introduced in the upcoming Asian Games, India's vice captain P R Sreejesh feels the change in format will work in their favour in Incheon as they have hands-on experience of playing a game of four quarters, courtesy Hockey India League.
India will definitely miss the services of Ramandeep Singh and Nikkin Thimmaiah in the upcoming hockey World Cup but injuries to the two key strikers has made the team more determined to put up a good show in the mega-event, said goalkeeper P R Sreejesh.
Gearing up to present a strong challenge at the upcoming World Cup, the Indian hockey team will head for a tour of Europe tomorrow to play five build-up games -- including two each against World Cup hosts The Netherlands.
India`s interim coach Roelant Oltmans values team effort than individual brilliance but the Dutchman was all praise for P R Sreejesh`s sterling performance under the bar on Monday and termed him the "best goalkeeper" in the country.
The World Series Hockey (WSH) on Tuesday suffered a big blow with India players, including skipper Sardar Singh and star drag-flicker Sandeep Singh, likely to skip the inaugural cash-rich tournament beginning on Wednesday.
Indian men`s hockey team might be out of the title race of the Lanco International Super Series 9s after losing to Australia on Saturday ian P R Sreejesh wants to sign off on a high by winning Sunday`s bronze medal play-off against arch-rivals Pakistan.