We’ll go game by game at CWG 2022: Hockey player Surender Kumar
As the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham are due to start on July 28, 2022, the Indian men’s hockey team has been training vigorously at the SAI center in Bangalore. Speaking on the ongoing training sessions, Indian men’s hockey team defender Surender Kumar said the team’s main focus is fitness ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
“Our training sessions are continuing. We have mainly focused on fitness and we have worked a lot on that aspect of the game. We have also worked to strengthen ourselves in other areas, especially in defence,” said Surender. . India are placed in Pool B with England, Canada, Wales and Ghana at the Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022. They will open their campaign against Ghana on July 31, 2022. Surender said that the team will not take any team lightly and will go game by game.
“We don’t take any game lightly. Each team will enter the tournament to win the gold medal. Our current target is the first match against Ghana,” he said. “We have been closely following their footage that we have received. Our coaches are making plans accordingly and we hope to follow the same on match day. There will be no easy teams in the tournament and we will go match by match.” Surender added.
India finished third in the 2021/22 FIH Men’s Hockey Pro League and Surender believes the experience of competing against tough teams in the tournament will benefit India in Birmingham. “Our goal is to win the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. The rest will depend on our performance,” Surender said. “The games we have played since the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been quite good. We have played against strong teams and that has really benefited us. We have executed our plans well and so we have also been able to recognize areas where we can improve.. We focused on those areas at camp,” he added.
Surender also praised the mix of experience and youth in the squad and revealed the advice senior players have given youngsters such as Abhishek and Jugraj Singh. “We told the players not to feel the pressure to play the Commonwealth Games and to treat them as normal games. The coaches and senior players also told them that they had experience playing against strong teams. and hence, they are ready to play in the competition,” he signed.The Indian men’s hockey team will face Ghana in their first game of the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham on Sunday, July 31, 2022 at 8 p.m. IST 30. Matches will be televised on the Sony Network.(ANI)
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