Sandeep Singh eying a return to national team
Star drag-flicker Sandeep Singh has been out of the Indian team since its last-place finish at the London Olympics last year.
However, the former national skipper is keen to find favour once again with national coach Michael Nobbs through an impressive performance in the inaugural franchise-based Hockey India League that begins next week (January 14 to February 10).
The 26-year-old, who will play for the Mumbai Magicians, has been particularly criticised for his defensive shortcomings.
“Let people say what they want. I know my capabilities. I want to perform well and make the selectors take notice of me,” Sandeep said on the sidelines of the team’s first practice session at the Mumbai Hockey Association Stadium yesterday. He felt that the presence of Australia legend Ric Charlesworth, as coach for the Mumbai side, will help fine-tune his skill. “Ric is one of the best coaches in the world. I hope to learn as much as I can under him,” he said.
Coach Charlesworth also threw his weight behind his star drag flicker. “In my opinion, Sandeep is among the best in the world, when it comes to taking penalty corners. He has a lot of skill and the only thing he has to work on, is his consistency,” said Charlesworth.