The preparations have been completed, and it’s time to deliver to the tournament that matters most after a mediocre year, said vice-captain of the Indian hockey team Chinglan Singh Cangooam on Sunday before the World Cup.
An image file of an Indian men's hockey team. (Image: Twitter)
The mega event starts on November 28 and ends on December 16 at the Kalinga stadium of the city.
“The past three months, in particular, were very difficult for us with increased training, since it is important for us that we reach the peak at the World Championships. The team knows that this year would be much better for us in terms of results, but now is the time to end the bitterness of past performances, succeeding at a prestigious event, ”said Chinglanen.
Playing in the center of the field next to skipper Manpet Singh and teenagers Sumit and Nilakanta Sharma, Chinglensana expressed confidence in the prospects of his team.
“Every single player worked very hard, and it’s time to transform all this into good results. I believe that the World Cup will be a battle of mental strength, as it will be about fitness and team strategies.
“The advantage is that almost everyone in the team has experience playing high-quality matches at the Kalinga stadium during the hockey league in hockey and they know the atmosphere that fans create here.
“It’s also a plus for junior World Cup winners who experienced 20,000 people who admire them during the 2016 World Junior Championships in Lucknow,” added a player born in Manipur.
Chinglensana, which has so far played 199 international players, plans to complete a milestone on the opening day of the Indian campaign against South Africa.
“Yes, if everything is correct, I will play in my final match in front of our home crowd, and there is no better feeling than completing 200 matches for India before a fantastic crowd of Bhubaneshwar. This is one of my favorite places in the world. I look forward to it, and we all want a positive start, ”he said.