National hockey team's 'keeper says team's new tactics of attacking and defending with 10 men will give them the edge in Antwerp
New Delhi: Indian men's hockey team's goalkeeper PR Sreejesh feels the side's new strategy to attack with 10 players and defend with as many numbers will give the Asian Games gold medallist an edge in the upcoming FIH World League Semi-Finals to be held in Antwerp, Belgium.
India goalkeeper PR Sreejesh. Pic/Getty Images
"The team in the last few many weeks has worked on various combinations and strategies keeping in mind the important tournaments that are lined up in the next 14 months," Sreejesh was quoted as saying in a statement from Hockey India.
"The new way of attacking with 10 and defending with 10 gives me extra confidence. Now I feel my fort has been strengthened. This will give us that extra edge and I am hoping that this will help put the pressure (on the opponents) and also allow us to score from half opportunities," he said.
Sreejesh, who is also the vice-captain of the side, said he was eagerly waiting for the much-anticipated clash against arch-rivals Pakistan in the tournament to be held from June 20 to July 5. India will open their campaign against France on June 20.