Tokyo Olympics 2020: Latest performances present we’re in good condition forward of Video games, says Indian hockey ahead Shilanand Lakra

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Latest performances present we’re in good condition forward of Video games, says Indian hockey ahead Shilanand Lakra

India received each their FIH Professional League fixtures in Argentina and two of the 4 observe matches, with Shilanand ending the tour with a objective within the last observe recreation.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Recent performances show we are in good shape ahead of Games, says Indian hockey forward Shilanand Lakra

File picture of Indian group. Picture courtesy: Hockey India

Bengaluru: The latest efficiency towards reigning Olympic champions Argentina exhibits that the Indian group is in good condition going into the Tokyo Video games, feels younger ahead Shilanand Lakra.

India received each their FIH Professional League fixtures in Argentina and two of the 4 observe matches, with Shilanand ending the tour with a objective within the last observe recreation.

“I believe we performed excellent hockey towards Olympic Champions Argentina. Our latest performances exhibits that we’re in good condition going into an enormous occasion just like the Olympics,” he stated in a launch issued by Hockey India on Monday.

“Proper now, although, our focus is just on the FIH Professional League video games towards Nice Britain subsequent month.”
Regardless of being one of many youthful gamers within the Indian males’s hockey group, Shilanand held his personal in Argentina, and is comfortable to have contributed at any time when alternatives got here his method.

“Having made my debut for the senior group three years in the past, I might have anticipated myself to play extra however that’s how aggressive it’s; there are such a lot of superb gamers within the core probables group,” he stated.

“My purpose has all the time been to earn a spot within the group by way of constant performances in home tournaments, nationwide camps and at any time when I play for India as a starter or a substitute.”

The 21-year-old stated the lengthy break as a result of COVID-19 pandemic helped him and credited chief coach Graham Reid for bettering his recreation.

“To be out of aggressive motion for thus lengthy…it gave me the time to re-think and analyse my performances, and likewise put together for the highs and lows within the months forward,” he stated.

“I’m additionally consistently in contact with the teaching employees, particularly chief coach Graham Reid, who has helped me enhance on my recreation immensely.”

Shilanand additionally hailed the contribution of Amit Rohidas and senior professional Birendra Lakra —  the 2 different gamers from Odisha — who’re additionally his teammates within the senior group.

“I believe each of them have been distinctive and I get a lot inspiration once I converse to them. They’ve all the time been given me sound recommendation,” he stated.

“I turned to them at any time when my morale was low over the previous two years and it helps a younger participant like me to see two different gamers from Odisha make it huge in Indian hockey.”

India will play Nice Britain within the FIH Professional League on 8 and 9 Might.

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