PR Sreejesh: 'India favourites for junior World Cup'

Sreejesh, who led the country to the Asian Champions Trophy, will be donning a new role as mentor of the Junior Indian hockey team and will be joining the camp in Bengaluru shortly.

"As a player I have gone through similar situations and as a mentor I will share my experience with them and try to motive them to perform better," said Sreejesh.   -  PTI

Indian hockey team captain P.R. Sreejesh said that India has a good chance of winning the Junior Hockey World Cup which will be held in Lucknow next month.

Sreejesh, who led the country to the Asian Champions Trophy, will be donning a new role as mentor of the Junior Indian hockey team and will be joining the camp in Bengaluru shortly. The Indian captain, who was in Thiruvananthapuram on a private visit, said he will use his experience of playing in two Olympics and other tournaments, including the World Cups, to motivate the members of the junior team.

"In a tough tournament like World Cup there are chances of players getting tired after two or three matches which effects their performance. As a player I have gone through similar situations and as a mentor I will share my experience with them and try to motive them to perform better," he said.

Though the pressure of playing at home will be on the team, Sreejesh said that India is one of the favourites to win the tournament. The senior team captain also said that Indian hockey was on the path of recovery.

"When I first came into the Indian team we were ranked 12th now we are sixth. It took us five years and improvements cannot happen overnight. We are on the path of recovery and moving in the right direction. If we continue to improve the way we are doing now I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be one of the medal contenders for Tokyo Olympics. We just started our new cycle.

"We have now over 40 players in the camp and the idea will be find the core for the future Olympics team. But four years is a long time. We cannot predict anything as players may get injured. But intention is there and we are all working hard to win the medal at the next Olympics," he said.