Bengaluru, 06 May 2019: The Indian Men’s team left for their tour of Australia. They are being led by the newly appointed Chief Coach Graham Reid. The team left on Sunday night from Bengaluru. The Indian team is expected to play two matches against Australia A, two against Australia National Team and one match against Western Australia Thundersticks club team starting May 8th, 2019.
The team’s captain, Manpreet Singh believes that the tour will give the team a chance to further understand Reid’s coaching style and try out new strategies that will help them in the FIH Men’s Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha 2019.
“The new Chief Coach constantly reminds us why a team player holds more value to him than an individual player with excellent skill set. He also instills winning mentality in every player and confident body language has also been an area of focus apart from game-specific tactics over the past three weeks of training under Graham Reid,” said Manpreet. “Playing a world-class team like Australia ahead of the important Series in June will only help build our confidence. We had a good tournament in Malaysia in March and some of the youngsters did well there. While Jaskaran Singh will make his International debut, it will be Gursahibjit’s second tournament with the Indian team and Armaan Qureshi is also returning to the team after a long gap. I am confident these players will live up to the expectations. It will be good exposure for them against the World No.2 side. ” he added.