Yuvraj Walmiki on the newest episode of ‘SportTiger Talks’ mentioned he feels it in his coronary heart that the Indian males’s hockey staff will return from the Tokyo Olympics with a medal.
Famously often known as the ‘prince of Indian hockey’, Walmiki additionally talked in regards to the struggles in his life and the way hockey helped him develop into a greater human being on the newest.
He additionally spoke in regards to the Indian hockey staff’s prospects on the Tokyo Olympics, the memorable last towards Pakistan on the Asian Champions Trophy and his journey within the leisure business, together with his expertise on the actuality present – Khatron Ke Khiladi.
Yuvraj, who began enjoying hockey simply to see his image on the newspaper, spoke about his early days of battle. He talked about how he grew up in a ten×10 room in Mumbai with no correct services of electrical energy and water and the fervour that stored him going.
“I don’t have any competitors, I keep competing with myself to become a better human and work hard every day. At the end, it worked out well for me and to wear the tricolour badge on our chest is probably the biggest motivation for every sportsman,” he said.
Yuvraj is very optimistic about the chances of the Indian hockey team in the upcoming Olympics.
“One thing I will definitely say is that Indian hockey right now is doing wonderfully well under PR Sreejesh and Manpreet (Singh),” the hockey participant mentioned, including, “I still have this gut feeling, In case, Tokyo Olympics takes place, the Indian hockey team will bag a medal this time, I have this strong belief in my heart.”
The Indian hockey team boasts 8 gold medals at the Olympics – the most by any team in the history of the Games. Yuvraj believes a medal at such a big stage would help the hockey players in India get the requisite importance in the current generation that prefers cricket over any other game.
2011 was a breakthrough year for the ‘Prince of Indian hockey’ as he represented India at the Asian Champions Trophy where he was the shining star in the finale against Pakistan.
Notably, India had won the tournament after defeating Pakistan in the final in a penalty shootout after regulation and extra time ended 0-0.
Yuvraj expressed his happiness on being part of such a historic match and said, “When the Indian flag was being raised and the Pakistan flag was coming down, at that moment, I felt that I have done something for the country as the national flag was being raised because of me.”
He additionally opened up on the situation in the course of the India-Pakistan matches. “India vs Pakistan is always a special match. During that time, no strategies work because emotions itself play such a huge role. We’ve always been tough on them. I do have friends from the Pakistan hockey team as well. When it comes to the game, we’ll all meet up nicely but when we put our foot on ground, we don’t see left or right, we just focus on winning that match because we can’t lose against them at any cost,” mentioned the participant.
Yuvraj has been distinctive within the subject of hockey however has additionally had his stint within the leisure business. He has acted in an online collection and was additionally part of the truth present ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi’.
Sharing his expertise from there, Yuvraj mentioned, “It’s wonderful and you know what happens is that when you are being named as the first one to do it, it’s always special. I have been, in most of the cases, the first hockey player to do so. The experience was wonderful, I got to see the Bollywood side as well and since the time I did ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi’, I have lots of friends from the TV industry who have now turned into family like Jai Bhanushali, Raghav and all.”
Yuvraj, who’s a giant fan of former India captain Dhanraj Pillay, has additionally performed within the German Hockey League for 8 years. He has performed a complete of 52 matches and scored 14 targets for India. He was a key member of the 2014 Hockey World Cup staff within the Netherlands.