With India to tackle Spain of their first encounter of FIH Males’s Hockey World Cup marketing campaign on Friday, Indian captain Harmanpreet Singh mentioned the marquee event comes as soon as in each 4 years and with the ability to play within the residence nation in entrance of a supportive residence crowd and circumstances is a good alternative for the workforce. Males’s Hockey World Cup will begin from January 13 in Odisha. India are positioned in Pool D together with England, Wales and Spain. Workforce India will begin its marketing campaign in opposition to Spain on Friday at Birsa Munda Worldwide Hockey Stadium in Rourkela.
“World Cup comes as soon as in each 4 years. To play on residence soil with the assist of your private home crowd, in your house circumstances is a good alternative for the facet,” mentioned the skipper throughout a pre-match press convention.
“The plan is to proceed doing what we’re doing good. We’ve learn and analysed our opponents effectively within the workforce assembly. We’ve labored on the errors made beforehand,” he added.
The captain lauded the Birsa Munda Worldwide Hockey Stadium, a venue constructed to host the event, and mentioned it’s “among the finest” venues he has seen in his profession and that many in his workforce share the identical opinion.
Aa leke Jazba Jara ,
Kahta hai India,
Hockey hai dil mera,
Hockey haia hai Dil mera.
Wishing all of the luck for Captain Harmanpreet Singh, Manpreet, Sreejesh PR anna , Lalit , Nilkantha, Akashdeep, Jarmanpreet ,coach Graham Reid & all who concerned on this stunning pageant. pic.twitter.com/Kqvz0ToOAu
— Abhishek Mishra (@acrodemys) January 12, 2023
“Each the stadium and environment is nice. We’re very excited. We had the benefit of working towards right here earlier than others since we’re the house workforce and we’re actually excited to see the house crowd,” added Harmanpreet.
The skipper mentioned that a lot of the matches of his workforce are within the night and his facet has practiced accordingly. On expectations from him as a drag-flicker, Harmanpreet mentioned that hockey is a workforce sport.
“Others are there to assist us. We’ve different good drag sparkles as effectively,” added the skipper.
Harmanpreet mentioned that the house crowd will end up in giant numbers to cheer them however the workforce must keep their focus. Indian workforce head coach Graham Reid additionally praised the amenities and infrastructure made within the state for the event.
“The stadium is unbelievable. Amenities are world-class, take a look at the altering room, you then come to turf and discipline, which is nice. No matter has been achieved within the final 15 months is unimaginable. We’re proud of the pitch, it isn’t a lot totally different from Bhubaneswar. There are some senior gamers like PR Sreejesh, who’s enjoying his fourth World Cup and it’s his third at residence. We got here right here on December 27 and have been coaching, dwelling within the World Cup village. The boys are excited and able to go,” mentioned the coach.
The coach mentioned that the house crowd assist is a double-edged sword as a result of it feels good, however one additionally wants to take care of focus and stick with methods. The Males`s Hockey World Cup 2023 will go on from January 13 to January 29. India will probably be trying ahead to a podium place end this time after a quarterfinal end within the 2018 version of the event, the place they misplaced to the Netherlands.