Indian men’s hockey team captain Sardar Singh, who has been rested for the ongoing FIH Champions Trophy, has expressed satisfaction over his side’s performance in the tournament so far, insisting that a spirited show against Australia in the final will boost the team’s morale ahead of the Rio Olympics.
“Australia has brought their full team to the tournament and a good show against them will make a huge difference to the team’s morale in the lead up to the Olympics,” said Sardar Singh.
According to Singh, the squad led by goalkeeper PR Sreejesh has delivered on what was expected of them for the tournament and have implemented the tactics they planned in the national camp at New Delhi’s Sports Authority of India.
“This is the first time I’m watching my team on TV and this has helped me in analysing our game. I am happy every player has carried out their responsibilities. Though the match against South Korea was very close, it was an important win and a late field goal by Nikkin was impeccable. A win against Germany would have been brilliant too as they have brought their core team that will play at the Olympics. But a draw against them is a very good result too considering they are the defending Olympic gold medallists,” added the India skipper, who will join the team for the Six Nations Invitational Tournament in Valencia, Spain.
Against Australia in the finale in London on Friday, Sardar believes the key will be to stop them from scoring early goals.
“The crucial thing against Australia is to hold our nerve till the last minute of the match,” feels Sardar.