The team has become much more aggressive under Reid: Gurinder
BENGALURU: Defender Gurinder Singh feel that India has been playing an aggressive brand of hockey under the command of the coach Graham reid , and has helped the team create more scoring opportunities.
India showed an attack game mark in the FIH Hockey Pro League Earlier this year, he reaped rich rewards for it, beating Australia and world champions Belgium.
It's been over a year since Coach Reid joined us and I'm sure one can see the difference he has made since April of last year. We have become much more aggressive in our approach, and therefore we are creating many more goals - powerful opportunities, Gurinder said.
Gurinder said that since his arrival, Reid has been working closely with all the players, in addition to emphasizing the team's tactics.
It was surprising to see him shift his focus from working on team tactics to developing each and every player during the older men's national training camp in November last year, he said.
Since there was plenty of time to prepare for the next tournament after the Olympic Qualifiers, Head Coach Reid spent time with all the players and made sure that we improved in certain ways during camp, he added.
Gurinder, who has been on and off the team, said his immediate goal is to reserve a spot on the Olympic team.
I am working very hard to reserve a spot on the Indian team for the Olympic Games At the time. Staying in shape is my number one priority during the lockdown period and I am also doing some manual exercises.
"Playing for India at the Olympic Games has been a dream since childhood and hopefully, I will make it to the squad and contribute to India winning a medal at the quadrennial event," he said.
Looking back on his career, Gurinder recalled the best of winning the Junior World Cup in 2016 and finding his feet at the highest level.
The Junior World Cup in 2016 was a big turning point for me. My performances were noticed and finally, I addressed the senior team. I've been through a lot of ups and downs since I made my senior team debut in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2017.
I've been part of the team for big tournaments like Commonwealth games in 2018, but I've also missed a few competitions, he said.
It was great to return to the squad for FIH Hockey Pro League matches against Australia earlier this year. I have learned a lot about my game in the last three years and therefore I am in a good position to build on my skills and look to make a bigger impact in the future, Gurinder added.