City-based hockey goalkeeper Harjot Singh Dhaliwal (20), who is a recent addition to the Indian hockey team, is optimistic of being picked up for the upcoming Hockey World Cup scheduled to begin from May 31st in Netherlands.
Owing to his current consistent performances for his selection in the Indian squad, Dhaliwal, while talking to Hindustan Times, shared his technique, best performances and his future plans.
"Out of total 33 selected players who are attending a camp in New Delhi these days, the final list of players is likely to be announced in the third week of April. To perform well during the world cup, we will also play some practice matches against Germany, Holland and Belgium on April 11 and 18,"he said.
A product of Chandigarh Sector-42 Hockey and Football Academy, Dhaliwal was picked up for the senior India hockey team in September 2013.
During the recently-concluded Hockey India League, he played from the debutant team Kalinga Lancers, Bhubaneswar, and was also adjudged man of the match for his good performance against Mumbai. After which, considering his current rankings and previous performances, he had caught the eye of selectors and was selected for the Indian team.
"I had a great experience while playing from Kalinga Lancers' side which also had five hockey players from Australian hockey team. It helped in boosting my confidence,"said Dhaliwal.
Dhaliwal said he had previously played from Punjab and Sind Bank hockey teams and was also employed with these organisations.
Talking about his best performance during the league, "We lost most of our matches except one that we played against Mumbai in which I was adjudged as man of the match."
Dhaliwal also said, "To get selection in the Indian team and winning a gold medal at the Sultan Johor Cup in Malaysia is the most memorable tournament of my life."
On being asked about the role of a goalkeeper, he replied, "A goalkeeper needs to be alert and vigilant throughout the match. He should have a sharp eye to judge the ball which may come from any direction at any time during the match."