The Indian Hockey team captain Sardar Singh on Wednesday said that he and his team were motivated to win the gold in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon before the tournament kicked off.
Sardar, who was felicitated for winning gold in Incheon said, “For the past 8 months under Terry Walsh, we have worked really hard, but our main aim was to win the gold. So after losing to Pakistan we had a lot of team meetings.”
On being asked about what went through his mind on October 1, the day before the gold-medal match, the Indian skipper said that he knew, looking at the team’s past performances, that they would pull of a win. He added that he wanted the final to start quickly and win the game as soon as possible.
“Before the final, I thought the match should start immediately and we should come out of the field wining,” reveals Sardar, who along with other players was awarded a Hero ZMR bike.
Holding his nerves during an intense shootout for the gold medal, PR Sreejesh throws light on the thoughts which occupied his mind.
“It’s a keeper’s responsibility to see off his team in a penalty shootout. It’s there only where he can become a hero or a zero,” says Sreejesh.
He added analysis of Pakistan players before the game helped him during the nervous moments.
“I was confident that we will win, and during the practice I had saved a number of shots; also we had videos of Pakistan players and how they were taking penalties. Once I saved the first penalty, I knew we can win this game,” says Sreejesh.