Hockey India League will boost Indian hockey: Sreejesh

New Delhi, Jan 9 (IANS) Mumbai Magicians goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh believes that the Hockey India League (HIL) will be beneficial for the growth of the sport.

Jan 9 2013, 5:54am CST | by

Hockey India League will boost Indian hockey: Sreejesh
Photo Credit: NARINDER NANU, Getty Images

New Delhi, Jan 9 — Mumbai Magicians goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh believes that the Hockey India League (HIL) will be beneficial for the growth of the sport.

Sreejesh said the five-team league, that will be played in five cities Jan 14-Feb 11, will also help the players, coaches, fans and sponsors.

"The Hero Hockey India League will take us to a new level. Both players and coaches will gain a lot from the league," Sreejesh said in an interview.

"The League will surely improve our physical and mental skills. All the teams have world-class players and coaches, and they will apply their experience to bring high-level tactics on the field. The matches will be intense and that will improve our game."

The 25-year-old goalkeeper feels that players and coaches will get enough opportunities to sharpen their skills.

"Players will get an opportunity to play under some of the best coaches, learn new skills and tactics. We, especially juniors, will gain lots of experience by playing with top players. Coaches, on the other hand, will get a good chance to study various players and utilise the knowledge to build national teams for next year's FIH World Cup," Sreejesh said.

After the disappointment of finishing last in the 2012 Olympics, Sreejesh said the league is a New Year gift.

"This is the best event to start 2013 and I am looking forward to it this year. I am sharpening my skills for the upcoming international matches and this League will give me a decent chance to improve myself. I am very happy and proud to be part of the League," he said.

Sreejesh was also delighted at getting $38,000 in the players auction, more than twice the base price of $13,900.

"Usually goalkeepers don't get much money, but this is a good amount. I am thankful to my franchisee for showing interest in me," he added.

The goalie will play along with international stars such as Sandeep Singh, Joel Carroll (Australia), Matthew Swann (Australia) and Mahmood Rashid (Pakistan).

IANS

Source: IANS

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/8" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com. Luigi posts regularly on LuigiMe.com about his experience running I4U.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Garoppolo is Impersonating Seattle&#039;s Russell Wilson in Super Bowl Week
Garoppolo is Impersonating Seattle's Russell Wilson in Super Bowl Week
Garoppolo is Impersonating Seattle's Russell Wilson in Super Bowl Week
 
 
Richard Sherman is Hoping His Baby Will Come After Super Bowl XLIX
Richard Sherman is Hoping His Baby Will Come After Super Bowl XLIX
Richard Sherman is Hoping His Baby Will Come After Super Bowl XLIX
 
 
Corey Fuller Could Be Lions&#039; Next Receiver After Johnson and Tate
Corey Fuller Could Be Lions' Next Receiver After Johnson and Tate
Corey Fuller Could Be Lions' Next Receiver After Johnson and Tate
 
 
Charles Woodson to Remain in Oakland Raiders Due to Contract Extension
Charles Woodson to Remain in Oakland Raiders Due to Contract Extension
Charles Woodson to Remain in Oakland Raiders Due to Contract Extension
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Australian researcher discovers first artwork by early human
Sydney, Dec 4 (IANS) An Australian researcher has discovered what is believed to be the first artwork created by a human. The simple zigzag pattern found on a fossilized shell from the Indonesian island of Java has...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Insects compete with rats to clear garbage
New York, Dec 4 (IANS) Insects play a very important role in cleaning up cities and they compete with other pests like rats and pigeons in their endeavour, a study has said. Scientists sampled arthropods - such as...
Read more on Business Balla
 
School headmaster shot dead in Pakistan
Islamabad, Dec 4 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen Thursday killed the headmaster of a private school in Pakistan's Balochistan province. Police officials said the armed men opened fire at the vehicle of Zahid Ali,...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Four more bodies recovered from sunken South Korean ship
Seoul, Dec 4 (IANS) Four more bodies were recovered Thursday from a sunken South Korean fishing ship in the Bering Sea, the foreign ministry here said. This increased the toll to 16, including six South Koreans and 10...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Lesbian couple asked to desist in London restaurant
London, Dec 4 (IANS) A lesbian couple in a London restaurant was asked to desist by a staff member, who asked them to "stop what you are doing". Lydia Cawson, 29, said that she and her girlfriend were asked by a staff...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Oxford Dictionaries to add 1,000 new words
London, Dec 4 (IANS) 'Mamil' (middle-aged man in Lycra), 'silvertail' (a person who is socially prominent or who displays social aspirations) and 'crony capitalism' are among the 1,000 new words to be added to...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Oceans play key role in global 'warming hiatus'
London, Dec 4 (IANS) Increased heat uptake across three oceans - North Atlantic, the Southern Ocean and Equatorial Pacific Ocean - is the likely cause of the 'warming hiatus' -- the current decade-long slowdown in...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Novel imaging to identify if TB drugs are working
Washington, Dec 4 (IANS) Tuberculosis patients who are not cured of the infection can develop multi-drug resistant TB and have to take as many as six drugs for two years. Now, researchers at University of Pittsburgh...
Read more on Business Balla
 
PM makes first appointment to High Court of Australia
Canberra, Dec 4 (IANS) Prime Minister Tony Abbott's government Thursday appointed former Victorian Supreme Court judge Geoffrey Nettle as the next Justice of the High Court of Australia. Attorney General George...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
18 suspected militants killed in Pakistan airstrikes
Islamabad, Dec 4 (IANS) At least 18 suspected militants were killed Thursday in airstrikes conducted by Pakistan Air Force fighter jets in North Waziristan. According to officials, the airstrikes were conducted in...
Read more on Politics Balla