After 41 long years, India has finally managed to secure a podium finish. At the Tokyo Olympics, the Indian men’s hockey team put up a sensational performance to clinch the bronze medal. In the third-place game, India faced off with European powerhouse Germany in a fast-paced, edge-of-the-seat thriller.
Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh was yet again the hero of the game as he kept the relentless German attack at bay. India defended as many as 15 penalty corners in the game and the credit for it goes to the legendary shot-stopper who led the defensive line from the front.
In the dying moments of the game, India was peppered with wave after wave of German attack yet they stood strong. It was Sreejesh who came to the rescue yet again making a crucial save. It was with that save that he secured the bronze medal for the team.
Road named after PR Sreejesh in Kerala
It won’t be wrong to claim that star shot-stopper PR Sreejesh has been carrying the Indian team for quite some time now. Making his debut in 2000, Sreejesh has been a wall between the posts rescuing the team on numerous like the bronze medal game today. To honour his contribution to Indian hockey, the veteran goalkeeper has a road named after him in Kerala.
Yes, you read it right and he received the honour when he was only 27 years old. The Kerala government honoured Sreejesh with a road named ‘Olympian Sreejesh Road’ in his village of Kizhakkambalam back in 2015. This was following his exploits in the 2014 Asian Games and the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup where India clinched gold and bronze respectively.
Six years down the lane, Sreejesh has not only continued his fabulous work in front of the goalpost but has now added a bronze medal to his cabinet. The star shot-stopper has been a pillar of the team and will definitely go down as a legend of Indian hockey joining some elite company when he hangs his boots.