FIH Olympic Qualifiers: Team can expect good challenge from Russia - Sreejesh
As India's fixture in the FIH Olympic Qualifiers has been put to rest following the draw on Monday that announced Russia as their opponent, experienced goalkeeper PR Sreejesh said that Russia can definitely give a good challenge to the Indian team.
'It is every player's dream to play the Olympics and Russia who are now investing in hockey and want to do well in this sport will surely come well-prepared and we can definitely expect a good challenge from them,' Sreejesh said.
He further added that the draw creates some anxious moments as all the players watched it together.
'It was a good decision by FIH to create this kind of buzz around the draw for Olympic Qualifiers.
'But to be honest we had discussed what it would take from the team if we had to play Pakistan or Austria or for that matter Egypt who later dropped out. So in that sense, we were mentally prepared to take on any team. , I think retaining the world ranking at number five was a boon,' he added.
The goalkeeper feels India's Tour to Belgium from September 26 to October 3 will make the team sharp and ready for the Olympic Qualifiers to be held on November 1 and 2 in Bhubaneswar.