Mumbai: Ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, the Indian men’s hockey team goalkeeper Krishan B Pathak said all the players are very confident about their game and are determined to make history for India.
The 24-year-old also said the coordination between the defenders and the goalkeeper is very crucial for the defence line of the team.
“There may only be one goalkeeper on the pitch, but he is certainly not alone. I keep talking to the defenders about their plans and make sure I keep pace with them,” Krishna said.
“If I can connect well with the defenders, we will definitely have a strong defensive line and make sure we don’t miss any easy targets. We practice coordination during our training sessions as well,” he added.
Talking about the Indian team’s preparations for the Tokyo Olympics, Krishna said that the team is currently doing high-intensity training sessions.
The goalkeeper said, “The Olympics are not very far and so we are putting ours all into every practice session. The coaches have designed high-intensity practice sessions for us, and we are enjoying each of those sessions.”
“We have been playing well as a group for a few years now and we want to make sure that we play to our full potential in the Quadrangular Games. It’s going to be a big challenge for us, but we are definitely up for the challenge in Tokyo,” he added.
Krishna said the Indian team’s target would be no less than a medal in the Olympics.
“We have played really well against top teams over the years. We have also shown our skills in the FIH Hockey Pro League. All the players are very confident about their games and are very determined to make history for India,” said Krishan.
“We have progressed well as a team and the time has come for us to apply our skills to the best of our abilities and execute our plans properly. We are aiming for nothing short of a medal and we believe that we can win a medal at the Olympics this year,” he signed off.