Injured Indian hockey team skipper PR Sreejesh unsure of Australia tour
Victorious skipper of the Indian hockey captain PR Sreejesh has said he is not sure about participating in the upcoming Australia tour beginning November 23, but would try to get into the team. “I am not sure, but I will try to make it into the team,” Sreejesh told reporters after he arrived at the Kempegowda International Airport along with other players, including Nikkin Thimmaih, who was one of the goal scorers in Asian Championship Trophy finals.
The players arrived from Kuala Lumpur after India reclaimed the Asian Champions Trophy hockey with a hard-fought 3-2 win against the two-time defending champion Pakistan in the final to level it 2-2 in terms of number of titles held by either side.
India had won the inaugural edition five years ago. The 2011 final against Pakistan was the one where Sreejesh came into the spotlight for the first time by saving two penalties.
Pakistan reversed the result in the title contest the next year and went on to retain it in 2013 after putting it past Japan in the final. World No. 6 India was the favourites going into the tournament, but was without several seasoned players who had been rested to recuperate from injuries it was a chance for youngsters to stake their claim in the playing eleven and make a mark for themselves.
This was the first time the teams were meeting in the final of a continental tournament since India dethroned Pakistan as the Asian Games champions in Incheon, South Korea in 2014.
Sreejesh said that injury was part and parcel of the game and one has to go thought it all in professional sports. “Injury is part of game – will definitely look after this and will do check-up with the doctors,” he said. India will play in the upcoming four-nation event and the subsequent Test series in Australia.