I hope to make my World Cup debut in Odisha, says Indian hockey player Abhishek

The next few months will be quite crucial for the Indian men’s hockey team as they prepare for a home World Cup when the 2023 FIH Hockey World Cup takes place in January. Among those watching the big stage closely is youngster Abhishek who, if selected, would have the honor of making his senior World Cup debut on home soil.

Abhishek’s first medal with the Indian men’s hockey team came at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Speaking about his potential debut on one of the biggest stages of all, Abhishek said: “I never played at a high level like the World Cup before, and I know there will be a lot of fans, which will give us a lot of support at home. I hope to be able to make my World Cup debut in January and I hope to make it a nice memory as well. It will be great fun in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela at the 2023 FIH Hockey World Cup. The crowds are brilliant, and I hope to experience that.”

The young striker enjoyed his first success with the Indian men’s hockey team when they won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022. Reflecting on a special moment in his career, Abhishek said: “The Games Commonwealth of Birmingham 2022 was my first medal in the senior team. After I got the medal, my parents and neighbors all visited my house and family. The media also came, all of which made my very happy family. I felt good to have won my first medal in my first tournament. Calm and collected in possession, Abhishek is also clear about his ambitions and the boxes he puts on his to-do list And then cementing his place in India’s men’s hockey team and then securing selection for the big day in January.

“From the start, when I was called up for the national team, all I wanted to do was be in the core group of the team. I wanted to be placed in the team and slowly I started targeting each tournament, wanting to make an impact on the team. At first I just wanted to get into the 33-man squad. Now all I hope is to make the final team for the 2023 FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup.” Abhishek, who hopes India can finish on the 2023 FIH World Cup podium, explained that fitness and strength are among the most important factors in ensuring a successful career at the highest level in sport. And ahead of a potential World Cup debut in January, he has the chance to kick things up a few notches in the 2022-23 FIH Men’s Hockey Pro League, when India host New Zealand and Spain for a total of six matches in Bhubaneswar.

“The team is preparing well for the 2022-23 FIH Hockey Men’s Pro League. Most things are focused on fitness and finishing ahead of games against New Zealand and Spain,” he said. he signs. The Indian men’s hockey team has drawn England, Wales and Spain as Group D opponents of the upcoming FIH Odisha Men’s World Cup of Hockey 2023 Bhubaneswar-Rourkela. The tournament will be played from January 13 to 29, 2023. (ANI)

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Catherine J. Martinez