Veteran PR Sreejesh feels that his fellow India goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak substituting him in alternate quarters in the ongoing hockey World Cup matches was a good strategy from the coach.
Head coach Graham Reid used Sreejesh and Pathan in alternate quarters in the two Pool ‘D’ matches played so far—against Spain and England. Sreejesh has manned the Indian goal in the first and third quarters, while Pathak has done the same in the second and fourth quarters of a match.
“We wanted to prepare together for the next stages of the World Cup. If anytime, anything happens to one of the two goalkeepers, the other will have to be on his toes. So, that is a good strategy,” Sreejesh said.
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“We are exchanging in quarters. He is getting exposure while I have got enough experience. It is a good thing for the future,” said the experienced campaigner who has played matches for India.
Both India and England created chances, but could not score off them. England got eight penalty corners and none could be converted. India also failed to score from the four PCs they got.
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