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Start is good, need to carry momentum: Sardar

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Impressed by the good start of the Indian team in the ongoing men's in Bhubaneshwar, former Thursday said the team needs to keep the momentum going and play as a collective unit.

"The start has been good. In the tournament, Belgium, Holland, Germany, and are some of the best teams. We have started off well and need to keep the momentum going and continue with same energy," Sardar said.

He was speaking to reporters here on the sidelines of a promotional event of firm, with whom he has signed up.

began their campaign by thrashing 5-0 and then drew 2-2 with against a strong side in Group C.

The P R Sreejesh-led team is inching closer to a quarter-final berth with a game in hand against Canada, the fourth team in the group, on Saturday.

Sardar, who retired from the game prior to the mega event, wants the Indian squad to play as a cohesive unit once they make the quarter-finals and not just depend on two-three players.

"Tournaments like or come once in four years, so we have been preparing for this for a long. They (the players) know the value of such matches and how every second counts. They will not come back.

"Our main match will be the quarter-finals. And on that day, it will not just be about - (PR) Sreejesh, Manpreet (Singh) we need to play as a complete unit and play to the potential.

"Only (performances)by two or three players won't help (in the quarter-final). The four quarters that we have (in the match), we have to fully concentrate in the quarters. If we play that well, we can make it count," said Sardar who, in his prime, was among the finest half backs in world

Sardar also praised current team as one of the best in the business.

"Like now we have Harendra, who is one of the best coaches. Over the last 10 years he has grown immensely (as a coach). When he was with the women's team and junior team, he had tasted success," recalled Sardar.

There were talks in some quarters that the vastly experienced Sreejesh, who is the team's number one goalkeeper, has become a bit slow, but Sardar brushed them aside and said the Indian was one of the best in the world.

"If we see the Champions Trophy, Sreejesh got the of the tournament. He is one of the best in the world. Experience matters a lot," he pointed out.

On the personal front, Sardar informed that he was mulling opening an academy in

"I am thinking of setting up an academy in Talks are on, let's see how it goes. I plan to play in for the next couple of years," he signed off.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 15:55 IST
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