Bengaluru, April 27
National hockey team’a star Mandeep Singh has said that after recent successes on foreign tours, the team is on track to do well in the Tokyo Olympic Games, which are less than three months away.
The star forward from Jalandhar said the recent performance against reigning Olympics champion Argentina on their own turf is a “huge confidence booster”.
India won both their matches against Argentina in the FIH Hockey Pro League and two out of four practice games on the tour, which was held from April 6 to 14. India lost one practice game while one was drawn. “Putting up a great performance against the Olympic gold medallists is certainly a huge confidence booster for us,” said Mandeep, who had scored a goal in India’s 3-0 win in the second FIH Pro League match.
“We played very well against Germany and Great Britain and it was great to back that up with a brilliant tour of Argentina,” he added. “We have attained a great rhythm in our last two tours, and we are currently working on a few aspects that we could have done better in our recent matches. The team is shaping up really well at the moment. We just have to keep focussing on the basics,” said the 26-year-old. — TNS