Excited about Pro League matches
Bangalore. Veteran Indian hockey goalkeeper PR Sreejesh feels that the first two matches of the FIH Pro League against Spain will be ‘mock tests’ ahead of the World Cup in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela early next year in which the team will have to test itself. You will get a chance to judge.
India is preparing to host the Men’s World Cup from January 13 to 29 next year. Ahead of the prestigious event, India will host world No. 8 Spain on October 30 and November 6 in their first match of the upcoming FIH Pro League 2022-23 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
Sreejesh said in a Hockey India release that FIH Hockey Pro League is the best platform for us as we get a chance to play against some of the top team. The upcoming matches at home will be like mock tests for us, it will help us with the real challenges that we will face in January 2023. He said that it will also help us in providing the experience of playing high level hockey to the young players. This is a great opportunity for us as it will help us build the momentum for the World Cup.
India have been placed in a tough Pool D in next year’s World Cup and Sreejesh is expected to face stiff competition from his opponents in the initial phase. He said that he is looking forward to playing the World Cup for the second time in a row at home. The thirty-four-year-old has been nominated for the FIH’s Goalkeeper of the Year award and credits his teammates for the honour. Language