Sunday, October 1, 2023

Penalty corners our strength, says Hardik Singh after India’s thumping win over China in ACT

CHENNAI: India vice-captain Hardik Singh has asserted that penalty corners remain their strength and they would look to execute it to the fullest during the ongoing Asian Champions Trophy 2023 here.

India’s opening game on Thursday against China saw the hosts winning 7-2, with six of the goals resulting through the corner.

“Penalty corner happens to be our strength. And, whatever our strength is, we will try to use it and execute it to the fullest during the matches. Also, we are delighted with how we are scoring the field goals,” Hardik said after the victory.

“We have to convert our penalty corners successfully and aim at having at least two or three goals through the corner, besides creating the same amount of chances in every quarter.”

India were playing their first contest on the newly-laid turf at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Hockey Stadium and Hardik gave a positive review about it and the venue overall.

“The turf is extremely good. Kudos to the Tamil Nadu government for doing a great job with it as well as the venue. Feels cheerful for the entire team to be playing here.”

The hosts take on Japan on Friday and Hardik said they would look to get off to a vibrant start.

“There is no low-ranked team for us. Every team is the same for us, and our only strategy is to start the game on a positive note against any side,” he said.

“They (Japan) generally play half-court, so they are good at man-to-man marking. Also, they have a good defence inside the box. Meanwhile, the short corner happens to be our strength. So, we will intend on utilising it to the fullest, besides playing our normal game.”

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