For the recent brilliant performance by the Indian Hockey Team at the Champions Trophy, the former captain of the Indian Hockey team Dhanraj Pillay congratulated the ‘Men in Blue’ and said this team has all the potentiality to win an Olympic medal and should not end up regretting as he does even now after missing the chance of grabbing a medal at the ‘Greatest Show on the Earth’ after four attempts.
Dhanraj met the reporters in London on Tuesday and when asked about the team’s performance and its chances at the upcoming Rio Olympic Games, the Hockey legend of the country said, “I congratulate the Indian team. They created history as it was the first time that we played in the final of the Champions Trophy against Australia (in London).”
The four times Olympian later added, ” Winning and losing are part of the game, but they have given a very tough fight (to Australia). When I was playing, I don’t think we played as consistently as they did for 70 minutes (against Australia) although we had beaten them in their country.”
For your information, Indian hockey team won a silver medal in the annually held prestigious Champions Trophy for the first time since its inception 36 years ago. The Team India lost 1-3 to Australia via the penalty shootout in the final after the match ended goalless after the scheduled time.
So, when the reporters asked about what are the chances Indian Hockey team has a Rio Olympic 2016 and in which areas the team needs to improve, Pillay said the players need to be extra sharp in front of the goalmouth and has to convert their chances into agoal.
“It’s in field goal scoring. You need to be very sharp at the goalmouth. Whatever opportunity you get, you need to convert it 100 percent. Don’t take a chance and don’t regret later as how Dhanraj Pillay is regretting. After playing in four Olympics, I still regret I could not win even one medal for my nation.”
The Asian Games Gold medalist and the only player to take part in four Olympics, World Cups, Champions Trophy and Asian Games, gave credit to the current coach of the Indian Hockey Team, Roelant Oltmans for the recent success and also applauded team’s fitness level , which is very much necessary to get success in Rio.
The 47-year old mercurial forward said, “With their performance over the last six months at the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament (in Malaysia where they reached the final and then lost to Australia) and in the Champions Trophy they have shown they are on the right track for Rio.”
So we hope that Pillay’s expectations come true and wish the Indian Hockey Team best of luck for their venture at the Rio Olympics 2016.