Sandeep confident of bouncing back

Published: 07th November 2012 11:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th November 2012 11:40 AM   |  A+A-


Piqued at being overlooked for the Champio­ns Trophy and International Sp­orts Series, former skipper Sa­ndeep Singh vows to return to the national squad sooner than later. “It was a shock, be­c­ause I have given my all eve­ry time I have taken field. We di­dn’t get the desired result in the Olympics, but we had giv­e­n our best. We lost a few cl­o­se matches that on a better da­y could have gone either way,” Sandeep told Express.

But perseverant as he is, he isn’t to budge and wallow over his exit. “It will take some ti­m­e to digest. But it will only mo­­­­tivate me further. I have be­­en dropped before and I ha­­ve comeback strongly. I ha­­ve the fire within me and still a lot left in me for Indian ho­­c­key. A lot of senior players ha­­ve been calling me since, an­­d they have all told me to ke­­ep working hard and not to feel disappointed,” he said.

Bracketed among the lethal dr­ag-flickers in the world, Sa­­ndeep has been a key compon­ent in India’s return to the Ol­ympic fold, and often Ind­ia’s wins were directly proportional to his strike rate. “There is always pressure on you. W­h­en you hit the target, ever­yone says its routine, but wh­­en you miss they magnify it. I­t’s the way things work. Unfortunately, I had a bad series (Olympics),” he pointed out.

As much as his drooping conversion rate, his defensive infirmity glared out in the Ol­­y­mpics. “I am a much better de­fender than when I started off. I have worked on a lot of as­pects with former players and the improvements were to be seen. I have to keep wo­r­king and if I continue to do well in the domestic circuit, I c­an return to the Indian t­e­a­m,” he said.

The 26-year-old believes t­he team will improve with mo­­re fixtures against top te­­ams. “Our quality will impr­­o­­v­e only if we play top nations l­ike Germany and Australia mo­­­re often. The Champions Tr­­­­ophy is a great opportunity for them, especially the yo­­u­n­­gsters in the team,” he said.

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