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Walsh looking forward at strengthening forward line

India Blooms News Service | | 16 Jul 2014, 08:01 pm
New Delhi, July 16 (IBNS): India coach Terry Walsh is looking forward at strengthening its forward line.

With the likes of SV Sunil, Akashdeep, Ramandeep Singh, Nikkin Thimmaiah and now Gurwinder Singh Chandi, the team is looking upbeat and confident on its outing against the opponents.

The forward line-up of the Indian Men Hockey Team has SV Sunil (137 caps), Gurwinder Singh Chandi (97 caps), Akashdeep (41 caps), Ramandeep Singh (11 caps) and Nikkin Thimmaiah (11 caps).

Speaking on his comeback, Gurwinder Singh Chandi said, “I am happy that I am back in the Indian team and that too for a big tournament, the Commonwealth Games. Although the comeback took me one and a half years but I utilized this period to work on my game which I will be using to my strength during the Commonwealth Games."

"The team is working hard on the forward position wherein our Chief Coach Terry Walsh is pushing us to give our best during these sessions and this has helped us to get closely weaved with each other’s style of game on the field. Australia is a pretty tough team in our Pool to compete with but we will perform at our best against every team that we play against according to the strategies prepared by our coaches. I am sure that we will be able to deliver and live up to the expectations of our fans,” he said.

Speaking on the forward line of the team, Chief Coach Terry Walsh said, “We have one of the best forward line as compared to the tournaments in the recent past. The two young players, Nikkin Thimmaiah and Ramandeep Singh who got injured before the start of the World Cup are set to make their comeback along with an experienced senior player Gurwinder Singh Chandi is a sign of added power to the our forward line. Gurwinder has good knowledge about tackling the ball in the circle and will play a key role in bringing positive results for the team.”