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There will definitely be pressure on Harmanpreet but trying to deflect attention from it: Coach Reid

There will definitely be pressure on Harmanpreet but trying to deflect attention from it: Coach Reid

Harmanpreet is currently regarded as one of the best penalty corner specialists in the world but Reid wants his other dragflicker vice-captains Amit Rohidas, Varun Kumar and Neelam Sanjeep Jess to share the responsibility with his skipper.

India captain Harmanpreet Singh will be the center of attention for his ability to convert penalty corners in the Men’s Hockey World Cup starting on Friday but the team’s head coach Graham Reid has worked out a plan to divert attention from the key player. Harmanpreet is currently regarded as one of the best penalty corner specialists in the world but Reid wants his other dragflicker vice-captains Amit Rohidas, Varun Kumar and Neelam Sanjeep Jess to share the responsibility with his skipper.

“If I say there is no pressure on her (Harmanpreet), it would be a lie,” Reid told PTI ahead of India’s World Cup opener against Spain in Rourkela on Friday. We have worked a lot on our variation and will make sure that we can take some pressure off Harmanpreet. There are other dragflickers in the team in the form of Amit, Varun and Neelam and they will have to share the burden. ‘

Eight-time gold medalists India won an Olympic medal in Tokyo after 41 years in the form of a bronze and the hosts are expected to finish on the podium again in the World Cup after their gold medal in 1975. Australia coach Reid, who guided the Indian team to a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, understands the needs of modern hockey.

“We focused mainly on scenarios in our training, what if we are 0-1 down, what if we are playing with 10 men, what if they take out their goalkeeper. . These kinds of scenarios are important which we have to deal with.” Asked about his realistic expectations from the World Cup, to be jointly hosted by Bhubaneswar and Rourkela from January 13 to 29, the Indian coach said, “I Always say that we should not focus too much on the result. India as a nation always focuses on results.

He said, “It is an old saying that the first match is the most important, so we are only focusing on that and then we will think about the future. My job as a coach is to keep them focused and then the results will come. But after winning medals at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, it would be great for a hockey country like India to win a World Cup medal,” Reid said. England have been placed in a tough Pool D with Spain, England and Wales. India will start their campaign against Spain on Friday.

Disclaimer:Prabhasakshi has not edited this news. This news has been published from PTI-language feed.



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