The Junior Hockey World Cup will kick off on the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday and hosts India will look to defend the crown they received in Lucknow 5 years again.
Though the workforce’s preparations for the occasion have been hampered by the pandemic, the gamers are brimming with confidence following the senior workforce’s bronze-winning feat on the Tokyo Olympics. Furthermore, with high groups like New Zealand, England and Australia pulling out of the event due to the Covid scenario, the house workforce may have their process reduce out as they start their journey towards France at the moment.
The workforce might be led by Vivek Sagar Prasad, who’s hoping to make good use of the expertise that he gained as a member of India’s Olympic contingent and assist the junior gamers be taught from it.
Talking at a digital press convention on Tuesday, the 21-year-old mentioned, “I learnt from the big stage how to keep the team together and I’m looking to implement it here also. It’s always team first. Also, it’s important to stay together off the field and that will help us perform better on the field as well.”
To information the workforce, there can even be males’s chief coach Graham Reid and he’ll look so as to add one other feather to his cap after serving to India win an Olympic medal after a spot of 41 years.
Whereas the competitors might be powerful, the Australian sounded fairly happy with the way in which the workforce performed within the apply matches towards the Netherlands, Germany and the USA over the previous few days. The juniors have additionally been taking part in with the senior gamers and that has been actually useful.
However the coach does not wish to take their first opponents frivolously. France’s junior workforce had in any case completed runners-up within the 2013 World Cup in New Delhi after they misplaced to Germany within the summit conflict. “They will play like any European team. They will be good at holding the ball. They will move the ball quickly and attack down the right flank. They also have two good strikers who will pose a good challenge for us,” mentioned Reid through the digital press convention.
Regardless of all of this, it should not be too powerful a process for the Indian workforce, who’re positioned in Group A together with Canada and Poland aside from France.
The opening day will see 4 different matches with the opening recreation happening between Belgium and South Africa in Pool A. Belgium are the present World Cup winners in addition to the Olympic champions and they’re going to look so as to add one other trophy to their cupboard.
Germany, who play Pakistan on Wednesday, have received the occasion for a report six instances and are the opposite favourites aside from Netherlands and Argentina. Pakistan, who’re participating within the occasion after lacking out 5 years in the past, as all the time would be the darkish horses.
Nonetheless, not like the numerous worldwide occasions which have taken place in Bhubaneswar within the latest previous, the event will go forward inside a bio bubble with out followers due to Covid protocols put in place.
It is unhappy that the gamers will miss out on the environment of a completely packed Kalinga Stadium however hopefully that will not cease them from giving their degree finest on the sector for 60 minutes.