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Asian Champions Trophy disappointment was studying expertise forward of busy 2022: Graham Reid | Hockey Information

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NEW DELHI: Nonetheless smarting from the semifinal exit on the Asia Champions Trophy, Indian males’s hockey crew chief coach Graham Reid on Friday stated the setback got here as a actuality examine for the Tokyo Olympic bronze medal winners forward of a busy calendar 12 months.
Defending champions India had been surprised 3-5 by Japan within the semifinal of the ACT in Dhaka final month.
“It is all the time troublesome. It’s important to be put in conditions. All people, together with myself, hated that semifinal loss to Japan within the ACT. Nobody likes to expertise one thing like that. However generally you must expertise that to be taught from it,” Reid stated in a digital press convention.
“The message after that match was ‘Look that is what occurs if we do not deal with each single recreation with the utmost significance. I feel it was a extremely good studying expertise.”
Reid stated his message to the crew after the historic Olympic medal was easy: “That is just the start and never the tip of the street” and the loss in opposition to Japan will act as a reminder for them forward of a busy 12 months that features FIH Pro league matches, Commonwealth Games and the Asian Video games.
“Straight after the Olympics I additionally stated that ‘This isn’t it, that is simply the beginning’ and that is been our message from the second we gained the bronze medal in Tokyo.
“…now we have to take the most effective out of the alternatives from right here,” he stated.
India will begin the 12 months with back-to-back Professional League ties in opposition to South Africa and France in Potchefstroom from February 8 to 13.
Olympic bronze medal-winning captain Manpreet Singh will lead a 20-member Indian crew within the double-leg contests in South Africa.
The crew can even have its veteran goalkeeper PR Sreejesh again moreover getting two new faces — younger drag flicker Jugraj Singh and striker Abhishek.
“We had been ready to try this in Bangladesh (give probabilities to new gamers). We had been in a position to give the gamers who have not had the chance for some time. “We additionally wanted to deliver again among the different gamers who have not had a recreation because the Olympics. The opposite essential message is that these might be very powerful video games, we’re taking them fairly significantly so the crew we picked is reflective of that,” the coach stated in regards to the squad.
Speaking in regards to the two new gamers, Reid stated: “Jugraj is kind of a flexible participant who can play in each midfield and defence. He’s additionally very fast when he drag flicks. I’m fairly excited if we are able to get him little extra constant the place he places them.
“Abhishek likes scoring objectives, a prolific scorer. He’s robust and younger.”
The Australian tactician can be impressed with the longevity and dedication of veteran goalkeeper Sreejesh.
“He (Sreejesh) is again once more, he had an extended break however you aren’t getting to play so lengthy on your nation as he has with out being open to new concepts and modifications and growth and continuous enchancment. It’s important to have the identical drive and the identical dedication that you simply had when you find yourself 19.”
The coach was additionally filled with appreciation for skipper Manpreet’s aggressive spirit.
“One of many stuff you see with Manpreet is that there’s a competitiveness, that inside drive to raised and to win is one thing which you could’t train individuals, you must expertise, be taught and develop it. If you see Manpreet play he brings in that aggressive spirit,” Reid stated.
Skipper Manpreet too highlighted the significance of beginning the 12 months on a constructive be aware.
“It is an important 12 months for the crew. It is a good alternative for us to play matches in opposition to France and South Africa and we hope to begin the brand new 12 months on a successful be aware and make good progress. It is an important tour for us,” he stated.
“In ACT there have been fairly just a few new gamers, a brand new crew. We wanted to present probabilities to different gamers and see their enchancment. This 12 months is essential for us. We’ve got the Professional League, CWG, Asia Cup, Asian Video games and World Cup subsequent 12 months.”

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