Striking it rich

India made it a hat-trick of Nehru Cup titles and the hot-topic these days is striker Robin Singh who contributed to the first goal against Cameroon in the final.

Written by Siddhartha Sharma | New Delhi | Published: September 5, 2012 3:04 am

India made it a hat-trick of Nehru Cup titles and the hot-topic these days is striker Robin Singh who contributed to the first goal against Cameroon in the final. Although the 6’2”striker,who made his debut in the tournament,couldn’t score any goals ,his inclusion had added more penetration to the strike force. On his way to Kolkata for the upcoming domestic season,Singh spoke to the Sportline about his India experience and expectations for the season ahead.

How do you analyse your performance in the Nehru Cup?

It was a dream that has finally come true. For so long I have been achieving a lot in domestic football and now I am satisfied that I have also accomplished my aim of playing for India. I am satisfied with my performance but the Nehru Cup is only a start as I have to better my performances even more now.

There is a perception that because you are tall,you are being used to convert the aerial ball. Do you agree with that assesment or are you better off playing with your feet?

My job is simply to score goals and being a forward,I have to try and make every chance for a goal. If the ball is aerial and I have to use my head,I will go for it as I have that height advantage but I also feel that I am good at field football. I have been scoring a lot of goals with my feet and I believe that field football is my forte.

You were brought in as a substitute mostly in the second half. Do you think that you should have been included in the starting eleven after one or two matches?

The role was simple. The role was to put in my best at the forward line,be it be for 45 minutes or 30 or 25 minutes for that matter. It was to strengthen India’s strike force with Sunil Chhetri. I am happy to have done well with him and to have delivered on the expectations of the coach and the captain. Hopefully,in our next tournament,I may get to start the game. It would be immature on my part to say that I should have started in my first game. As a youngster,I think every coach and captain would want to try you for a limited time and if you do well,then maybe they can start with me in subsequent games.

Now the season is approaching and you will be back in the East Bengal fold,so do you agree that the Nehru Cup stint was of help?

It is the biggest achievement for a player to represent his country. Winning the Nehru Cup is a huge boost and I am confident that I will do well in the coming season. There has been a lot of learning and I am looking to put all that in practice. The good thing is that the Federation Cup is starting this month and it will give us a good chance to prepare for the I-League season in October.

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