Players took the game to the next level: Sreejesh

Vastavam web: Disappointed he may be for not winning the gold at the Champions Trophy but India hockey captain P R Sreejesh insisted that the players took the game to the next level in Breda and it will help them do well at the Asian Games and the World Cup at home.India were beaten 1-3 by Australia in the shootout after score remained 1-1 at the end of regulation time. It was second consecutive silver medal for India in the tournament.

Sreejesh, who stood out under the bar throughout the tournament, said the Indian players had it in them to prevail over Australia.”We did extremely well, especially after the team lost striker Ramandeep Singh, who sustained an injury. Boys took the performance to next level and definitely this will help us to do well in Asian Games and World Cup,” Sreejesh added.Looking ahead, Sreejesh said after the five-day break, the team will assemble and chart out strategies and plans for the Asian Games.

Talking about his own performance in the tournament, Sreejesh said, it was a challenge to recover from injury and perform.Replying to a query, Sreejesh said coach Harendra Singh has been great for the team because he is good at motivating the players.”Harendra knows the boys really well, for all of us have worked with him at junior level. One of the best parts of him is, he really motivates and pumps up players. He is gifted with using right words just before players walk onto the field.”