Assured that the Indian hockey staff is able to troubling the reigning Olympic champions Argentina, vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh says they are going to utilise the tour of the South American nation to construct momentum forward of the Tokyo Olympics.
The 22-member Indian staff arrived right here final week for the six-match tour in opposition to the Olympic champions.
The tour contains 4 follow matches aside from back-to-back FIH Hockey Professional League matches in opposition to Argentina on April 11 and 12.
Harmanpreet noticed that adapting to the host nation’s fashion of play can be key to success for the Indian staff.
“Argentina’s fashion of play is barely completely different in comparison with the groups we performed in Europe,” stated Harmanpreet in a launch issued by Hockey India.
“We will definitely be utilizing this tour as a chance to assemble momentum forward of the Tokyo Olympics. Groups world wide try to get as a lot match follow earlier than the Olympics and we aren’t any completely different.
“We’re grateful to be getting extra video games beneath our belt and have to profit from it. To play the Olympic champions can be difficult however I imagine we’ve the expertise and the expertise in our ranks to come back out victorious,” he added.
Harmanpreet has been among the many most constant performers within the Indian staff lately.
He was in nice kind throughout final month’s Europe tour, the place the facet completed unbeaten in what was their return to worldwide hockey after COVID-forced break.
“We’re very pleased with the way in which the Europe tour formed up for us. Whether or not in quarantine or again residence, the previous 12 months we labored onerous on our health with high-intensity body-weight coaching in our rooms and I am glad it paid off,” the drag-flicker stated.
“We have now additionally labored on the tactical facet of the sport in addition to our ending. Hopefully, we will produce extra good performances right here in Argentina as properly.”
Inspired by the 2-1 win over Argentina the final time they met (within the 2018 Champions Trophy in Breda), Harmanpreet believes India will give the hosts a run for his or her cash within the upcoming matches.
He additionally feels the return of senior gamers, together with skipper Manpreet Singh had added tooth to the squad.
“I might say we’re evenly matched when it comes to high quality. It’s nice to have the likes of Manpreet Singh and Rupinder Pal Singh again within the facet.
“The presence of senior skilled gamers like them, who’ve seen many highs and lows of their careers, has solely boosted the morale of the facet,” Harmanpreet stated.