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I want to be better than I was, vows Sreejesh upon returning from injury

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Seasoned is determined to reach peak fitness and form in time when the key events start this year and promises to be a better in order to boost the Indian team in a busy year.

Sreejesh, who sustained a at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in May last year, returned to the national squad last month for the Four Nations Invitational Tournament in after undergoing

Sreejesh played a stellar role in India's evolution in world They won medals in the 2016 FIH and League (HWL) Final, apart from the 2014 gold and 2014 silver medal.

The 29-year-old from on Thursday admitted that there is a long way to go before he hits top form. He hoped that he will be at his best when play the Commonwealth Games, and

"The pre-Sreejesh is history. This one is something new. You can't rely on what you were. I had to build up something new," the former told reporters on the sidelines of an event to announce Odisha's sponsorship association with the national men's and women's teams.

"Post surgery, I had a big transformation. I am totally changed. Now, I don't want to be what I was. I want to be better than what I was," he added.

"I have really worked hard. Still I need to get some more confidence."

Talking about his struggle in making the comeback, Sreejesh said that he has also changed in personal life. "I saw life in a different perspective. I realised life as a person other than and how my family members function in day-to-day life.

"In sporting terms), when you comeback from injury, you start from scratch. You need to learn how to walk, how to run. That was a difficult period for me being a goalkeeper, you cannot move like you were able to before (the injury). A has added weights.

"I was determined. In two months, I started to jog and three months' time, I started to wear pads -- I followed a perfect process."

Talking about the busy period till December, Sreejesh said: "Every match is important for us. It is important to save your and avoid Pressure is there but we have experienced players and the younger players are also getting their chances going into the big events."

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 18:38 IST
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