India’s veteran goalkeeper PR Sreejesh has been India’s mainstay custodian for greater than 15 years. Sreejesh, who debuted in South Asian Video games in 2006, is a three-time Olympian and a Bronze medal winner of the Tokyo Olympics 2021. Because the 34-year-old walks into the twilight of his profession, the Indian hockey workforce has been moulding a younger custodian Krishan Pathak to protect the objective after Sreejesh calls it time.
After India’s goalless draw with England within the Hockey World Cup 2023, India’s goalkeeping coach Dennis van de Pol has opened up on how Pathak has matured and is able to take the goalkeeping duties when the time comes. “I have worked a couple of times in camps with the Indian team. Back in December in Bengaluru, I worked with nine goalies out of which three are from the first team — Sreejesh, Krishan Pathak and Suraj Karkera,” Van de Pol instructed PTI. “The goalies from the 2019 batch of India juniors are now in the senior group. So there are definitely good plans for the future,” he added.
Van de Pol additionally acknowledged that it’s good that Sreejesh and Pathak play in quarters, which supplies the chance to the latter to get uncovered to crunch matches. The opposite good half is that each the 2 goalies of the senior workforce — Krishan and Sreejesh play in quarters. Krishan is way junior to Sree, so he’s uncovered rather a lot in massive matches. So he’s the man for the long run. By the point Sreejesh stops, Krishan will nonetheless be a younger man with a whole lot of expertise,” he added.
The coach additionally threw gentle on how the goalkeeping method has been tweaked over time. It is not solely goalkeeping that has advanced over time however hockey itself has advanced lots. The sport acquired lots quicker, most groups are in a position to do fast counters. Persons are getting a lot robust and fitter in hockey and also you want to have the ability to adapt to that,” the 44-year-old said. “For goalkeepers, it has turn into a lot quicker. You can’t be only a goalie and keep in your line and save the goal-bound balls. These days, it is advisable to be an all-round goalie. It’s worthwhile to be a very good shot-stopper, it is advisable to be good in PC anticipation. Final however not least, it is advisable to organise your complete defence and it’s a massive talent.
The Indian hockey workforce is on the second spot in Pool D of the Hockey World Cup 2023. They received the primary match in opposition to Spain by 2-0, whereas they held England to a goalless draw within the second match. India subsequent play Wales of their last Pool match on January 19 and would want to win massive to face an opportunity of direct qualification within the quarterfinals. The highest-placed workforce from every group qualifies for the final 8 routinely, whereas the second and third-placed groups will play a crossover to find out the subsequent 4 groups.
Inputs from PTI.
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