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We have calibre to finish on top in CT: Sreejesh

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

An upbeat PR Sreejesh feels the men's team has the calibre to finish on top in the last edition of the prestigious FIH to be held in Breda, from June 23 to July 1.

Back to full fitness after recovering from medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury, said the provides the best chance to judge its potential ahead of the season-ending

"We have a good team balance with experience and youth. Our preparations have been earnest and the team certainly has the calibre to finish on top provided we play our A-game and not make silly mistakes and lose out on scoring opportunities," Sreejesh said.

"This is the best chance to see where we stand against top teams in the world before the men's in Bhubaneswar in November-December and we need to make this opportunity count," he added.

The Indian team's inefficiency in converting field goals despite improved circle penetrations cost it a medal in the Gold Coast and has taken note of it and is working hard on rectifying the error.

"We have paid a lot of attention to the positioning of forwards in the striking circle. The has not just drawn out the position chart for the strikers and explained in theory, but has also walked them through the positioning to ensure they don't repeat the mistakes made at 2018 CWG because of which we missed out on scoring critical goals," Sreejesh said.

After the 18-member national squad was announced last week, the Indian team under Harendra has upped the ante, knowing well that world's top teams, including Olympic champions Argentina, reigning world champion Australia, world no.3 Belgium, hosts will be fighting for top honours at the

At the national camp here, the focus has remained on maintaining the right structure with emphasis on team's on-field communication, following basics to keep ball possession, front-line defence, counter control and penalty corner defending.

"The team has moved on from the poor performance at the Gold Coast CWG. At this camp, one of the main focus is on team's on-field communication and re-instilling the team's belief that we have it in us to go for gold," vice-said.

"Our psychology sessions have been critical in making us believe in the team goal and the has prepared a 20-point agenda which we read every day ahead of training sessions to remind ourselves of our aim ahead of the tournament," Chinglensana added.

will begin their campaign in against arch-rivals on June 23.

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 16:55 IST