The present Indian males’s hockey workforce is best outfitted to complete on the rostrum than the one which competed on the 2016 Olympic Video games Rio de Janerio, feels former India drag-flicker VR Raghunath. “The Canada match which we drew price us in 2016. That consequence put us in a unique qualification group. However I really feel the present batch of gamers can deal with the Olympics quite a bit higher. The identical batch of gamers have been round for seven-eight years now, they’re in contact with European gamers. They will carry out a lot better than Rio,” Raghunath told Hockey Te Charcha podcast series.
“In the Olympics, it comes down to one or two matches and how you get your rhythm right in the arena. I have seen teams keeping it simple and playing with a free mind. I would tell the players not to think much about the occasion,” he stated.
India misplaced 1-3 to Belgium, the eventual finalists, within the quarter-finals and crashed out.
“The gamers are in the identical age group and have been quarantined collectively for a very long time so they’re aware of one another and have been successful Professional League video games as nicely. Gamers like Rupinder and Manpreet had been round within the earlier version as nicely. They’ve lined each space nicely,” Raghunath said.
A former Asian Games champion, Raghunath was all praise for current vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh, who took over drag-flick duties from him.
“Harman had immediately arrived after the under-21 World Cup win. There were instructions from the coaches to take him under our wings; to protect him at least for 30-40 matches, so that he could get an idea of what international hockey is all about. We guided him and he grasped things very quickly,” he stated.
“We may see the ends in simply three-four months. He began scoring as nicely. Rupinder Pal Singh and I attempted to deal with him like a brother and never as a participant. Our coaches have moulded us in such a means that the juniors are snug across the seniors. He has come a good distance over the past 4 years, and I really feel he has one other eigh-10 years of worldwide hockey in him.”
Raghunath pointed out that Varun Kumar and Amit Rohidas have also entered the mix. “This is good for Indian hockey as we are not sure when a player will be down with an injury.”