Its morale soared after an unbeaten tour of Europe, the Indian men's hockey team became optimistic on Wednesday for a strong performance against the Olympic champions along with captain Manpreet Singh for a competition trip to Argentina.
The 22-member Indian team left for Buenos Aires this morning for its second outing in 2021 after an unbeaten tour of Europe last month, where it toured Germany and Great Britain.
Returning to the Indian team a year later, Manpreet shared his excitement about playing against a top-quality side.
Manpreet said in a press release issued by Hockey India, "Not playing competitive hockey for more than a year is a big shock, but every team in the world is facing an epidemic.
The six-match tour against host Argentina includes back-to-back FIH Hockey Pro League matches on April 11 and 12, plus four game matches.
"Although I missed the tour of Europe due to personal reasons, I was following the matches closely and it was quite encouraging to see how the team performed against Germany and Great Britain. We expect yet another unbeaten tour. Are doing, ”said the optimistic captain.
The tour is largely seen as a team performance as it prepares for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Manpreet believes that this will be a great opportunity for the youth to prove themselves in the leadership of the Games.
"Quite a few youngsters have been selected in the squad for this tour and I believe it will be a great opportunity for them to showcase their performance against a top-quality team."
"Any opportunity we are getting in these challenging times is like a blessing and we need to take advantage of it," he said.
Talking about his personal goals, Manpreet said, “It has been a difficult year for all of us.
"I think for me personally, overcoming COVID last year was more than a mental battle.
In these last few months, I have worked hard to return to my earlier form.
"This tour will not only be a good opportunity for the team to assess our performance, but also for me personally to understand the areas that I personally need to improve."