The encouraging words of Manpreet and Harmanpreet after the loss to France filled the enthusiasm in the junior hockey team

Bhubaneswar, Nov 27 (PTI) Encouraging talks by Olympic bronze medalist captain Manpreet Singh and star drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh have helped defending champions Indian team players after their disappointing defeat against France in their opening match of the FIH Men’s Junior Hockey World Cup here. Helped boost morale.

Defending champions India are being considered as the title contenders this time too but after a 4-5 loss to France in the opening match of the tournament, the team made a great comeback against Canada and registered a big 13-1 win.

“I just told him to believe in himself and play as a team,” Manpreet said at an online media conference here on Saturday. There is a lot of fighting spirit in them. I just suggested focusing on his own game. We are talking to him continuously.”

Harmanpreet said, “I spoke to (captain) Vivek (Sagar Prasad) after the first match and advised him to lead from the ground up. I advised him to improve the communication between the players, which was lacking in this case against France. It is important to enjoy victory or defeat as a team. ,

Manpreet will lead the 20-man Indian senior team in next month’s Asian Champions Trophy in Dhaka, where Harmanpreet will be the vice-captain of the team.

India will go into the tournament to be held from December 14 to 22 as defending champions, as they shared the tournament’s title last season with Pakistan after the final was canceled due to incessant rain.

This will be the first tournament for the Indian team after winning the bronze medal in Tokyo.

Manpreet said, “We are in a very good position for the Asian Champions Trophy. We are focusing on our fitness. After the Olympics, there was a drop in our fitness level. So, now we are trying to get it back. Everyone is giving their 100 percent.


Scroll to Top