PR Sreejesh was usually joking when, during a World Cup use event final December, he said: ‘These kids need to be prepared if oldies like me get harmed some day.’
Little would he have famous his difference would sound auspicious 5 months later.
On Thursday, Vikas Dahiya — a immature goalkeeper he was training on that misty Lucknow afternoon — was named as Sreejesh’s replacement. An damage to his knee has ruled out Sreejesh.
The youth World Cup leader was named as one of a dual goalkeepers for subsequent month’s World League semifinals and a three-nation contest before that. Akash Chikte is a other goalkeeper in a 18-member squad.
Since a 1990s, goalkeeping has been one area that India never had to worry about. But, of late, India’s options have been thinning and have relied — during times too most — on Sreejesh.
However, he disfigured his knee during a Azlan Shah Cup compare opposite Australia progressing this month, that will keep him out for during slightest 3 months. In deficiency of a back-up, a Indian group had been dreading this unfolding for utterly some time.
Hockey scouts opposite a nation have been desperately sport for arguable No.2 for a final integrate of years while Hockey India flew in for+eign experts to control goalkeeping clinics.
Eventually, a goalkeeper mentored by Sreejesh has emerged as a best gamble to reinstate him.
The India captain had put in additional hours with a youth goalkeepers for a month before to a World Cup final year. And his change on Dahiya was manifest via a tournament, generally in a semifinals where he done dual saves in a chastisement shootouts opposite Australia.
Dahiya was a haven goalkeeper for final year’s Champions Trophy and a Rio Olympics though was mostly ignored after being criticised for surrender too many soothing goals, generally from corners since of his positioning and reflexes.
His initial instinct was to pull a round towards a centre than sideways.
“That wasn’t a right technique and Sreejesh bhai corrected it. The one month with him altered me as a goalkeeper,” Dahiya had pronounced behind then.
The impact of Sreejesh’s deficiency was apparent during a Azlan Shah Cup, where an fresh Chikte looked out of his abyss when called on a step-in.
The World League semifinals is a year’s initial vital contest and will also act as a World Cup qualifier for a other countries. India are positive of a place by a trait of being a hosts, that allows arch manager Roelant Oltmans a oppulance of perplexing both a goalkeepers.
Oltmans, in fact, has done 5 changes to a group that competed during Azlan Shah. “The thought was to move in a integrate of changes in positions after Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. Like we had pronounced before, there are 3 tours this year including Azlan Shah Cup where we would like to give opportunities to younger players,” Oltmans said.
With Sreejesh out, Manpreet Singh will lead a patrol and Chinglensana Singh replaces SV Sunil as a vice-captain.
Striker Ramandeep Singh has been enclosed in place of Affan Yousuf while SK Uthappa, Satbir Singh and Kothajit Singh too lapse to a squad.
Although a concentration will be on a opening of a goalkeepers, Oltmans pronounced he was some-more endangered about India’s goal-conversion rate. The Dutchman claimed India had round possession of around 62 per cent on an normal in roughly all matches during a Azlan Shah.
However, they could not modify it into goals, that cost them a place in a final.
“We were quick and also when we compared statistics, we had improved round possession, that is a large alleviation from prior years. But we would like to see a acclimatisation rate in margin goals and PC to urge from a 20 per cent and 24 per cent respectively,” Oltmans said.
Squad: Goalkeepers: Akash Chikte, Vikas Dahiya; Defenders: Pardeep Mor, Kothajit Singh, Surender Kumar, Rupinderpal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh; Midfielders: Chinglensana Singh (Vice Captain), SK Uthappa, Satbir Singh, Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh (Captain), Harjeet Singh; Forwards: Ramandeep Singh, SV Sunil, Talwinder Singh, Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh
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