On Thursday, Indian men’s hockey team defender Jarmanpreet Singh said that being in lockdown has been like hitting the pause button, giving him time to reflect on and rectify some shortcomings in his game. He will go back to the hockey field with a greater resolve to succeed.
“I have been able to utilise this period like a pause button on my career and had time to think about how much harder I need to practice to make significant contributions to the team’s victories,” Singh said in a statement.
“I will surely be more determined to become a much better player once we can go back to full-fledged training. I am looking forward to adding more energy into my game,” he added.
Singh praised chief coach Graham Reid for allowing youngsters in the side to express themselves freely on the field.
“Being one of the youngsters in the side, I have been told by our chief coach and senior players to express myself freely,” he said.
“I am very lucky to be playing with an excellent bunch of senior players who soak in most of the pressure so that the youngsters can play freely,” he added.
The 24 years old have watched all the footage of his previous games very closely during this lockdown period and he has a fair idea on all the techniques he needs to work on.
The Indian team busy at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) campus here, Singh said, this week the side has enjoyed undertaking Hockey India’s Basic Coaching Course.
“Apart from training, we have also been able to focus on the theoretical aspect of the game through the Hockey India Level Basic Coaching Course online. It’s been great to know about the history of hockey and get a better understanding of the rules of the game as well”, singh said in a statement.
“If we know all the minute details of the game thoroughly then we can certainly make much better decisions on the pitch during a high-octane match,” he added later.