Sreejesh-size blank to fill

PR Sreejesh, World Cup, Vikas Dahiya, World League semis, Sreejesh knee injury, Azlan Shah Cup, sports news, hockey news, tanned expressPR Sreejesh, World Cup, Vikas Dahiya, World League semis, Sreejesh knee injury, Azlan Shah Cup, sports news, hockey news, tanned express Manpreet Singh (L) will be a captain in a deficiency of Sreejesh, who is out with a knee injury.

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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