We are improving our defence in penalty corners: Sreejesh
“In a fast-paced game and with the new rules, penalty corners have become goal-scoring opportunities. Everything happens in a fraction of a second and one bad reaction in the penalty corner can take the match away from you. Goalkeepers need to be very attentive and quick to anticipate the shots. We are improving ourselves in this area and our coaching staff are working <g data-gr-id="18">extra-hours</g> on penalty corners,” he said.
“Chief Coach Paul van Ass stresses on the improvement in penalty corners and we are <g data-gr-id="25">trying-out</g> new strategies to restrict goals. Being a key member of the strategies, I am also working on my agility and anticipation skills. I am happy with our progress in this area and very hopeful that our team will defend goals during penalty corners,” added Sreejesh, who is also the vice-captain of the side.
Indian men’s team will open their campaign against France on the first day of the tournament on June 20. Meanwhile, Indian women’s team custodian Savita also echoed Sreejesh’s views. “The penalty corner is a very crucial moment of a match and it is also a tense moment for every player. All the pressure come on the goalkeeper as his or her quick thinking can save a match or lose it,” she explained.
India defeats Britain 3-1
After beating US in the previous match, Indian men’s team on Thursday posted a 3-1 win over Great Britain in their fourth practice match ahead of the <g data-gr-id="45">Fintro</g> Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 here. It opened their account in the very first minute of the match.