Three years ago, on 1 December, the Indian men’s hockey team played against Australia in the final match for their opening match of the World League Final 2017 at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, which ended on a 1–1 draw.
It was a tournament in which Indian defender Harmanpreet Singh put in some great performances at stake in the team, as India claimed a bronze medal in front of their home support.
“It was definitely one of the biggest tournaments for me, and especially with the senior team. After winning the FIH Junior Men’s World Cup in 2016, the Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Finals 2017 gave me the highest thrill of playing. Hockey in grand form on stage, remembering Harampreet.
“We didn’t have the best start in our pool matches, but I think we ended the tournament really strongly. However, what I really learned from that tournament was that if you keep working hard , Then you will eventually achieve your goals. Regardless of which opponent or how big an opponent you are facing, “added Drag-Flicker, whose team from Germany after their first pool match against Australia Lost 2-3-2.
The 24-year-old was India’s joint highest scorer in the tournament, with drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh scoring two goals, and believes that playing with the veteran has helped him greatly in his career.
“I have always looked up to Rupinder because when I was a junior boy, he was always putting in phenomenal performances on the field. So he has got the opportunity to practice, play and share in the same room has been an honor. “For me. I have learned a lot from my interactions with him and I hope that both of us can continue to play well for the team going forward,” Harmanpreet said.
Harmanpreet also scored the winner in the bronze medal match against Germany as she was hit by a penalty corner after Mark Appel equalized for the Germans, making SV Sunil the opener.
Recalling the moment, Harmanpreet said: “I think it was a great moment as the entire Kalinga Stadium was awash and on its feet with joy. There are moments in your career that you always remember very much and Recalls, and it’s definitely one of my own. Best moment in an Indian shirt – and that meant more because it was my first big medal with the senior team. “
“I believe the home crowd at Kalinga Stadium really gave us a boost, and it has always moved forward – even in all the tournaments we have played since then, it has to be my favorite stadium to play in Is. I hope so. ” He said that we can come back to the ground as soon as possible and welcome the fans inside the stadium. The atmosphere and energy that you get from your fans is what we all play for, ”he said.