Jarmanpreet Singh getting into the right position

The youngster has been keenly reviewing videos of his performances and brushing up on the theoretical side of the game.

By Rahul Venkat ·

Defender Jarmanpreet Singh’s plans to stake his claim for a regular place in the Indian hockey team may have hit a snag due to the COVID-19 pandemic but he is still hard at work off the field.

One of the activities that the Indian hockey team has undergone together while at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) campus in Bengaluru is reviewing previous match footage together.

And the 24-year-old is approaching it with the specific target of bettering his anticipatory skills.

“I am looking forward to adding more energy into my game and getting into excellent positions to drive the ball away when our opponents try to penetrate,” Jarmanpreet Singh told Hockey India.

“Being one of the youngsters in the side, I have been told by our chief coach (Graham Reid) and senior players to express myself freely.”

The defender, who made his senior debut in 2018 and has been a part of the Indian hockey side that won gold at the 2018 Asian Champions Trophy and silver at the Champions Trophy, has steadily grown by learning from players like Harmanpreet Singh and Birendra Lakra.

Jarmanpreet Singh has also been keenly involved in an online coaching course organized by Hockey India to learn about the theoretical aspects of the game.

“If we know all the minute details of the game thoroughly then we can certainly make much better decisions on the pitch during a high-octane match,” he stated.

The Amritsar lad, who has earned 16 caps so far, had been impressive for the Indian hockey team in their maiden FIH Pro League sojourn before the pandemic put a halt to proceedings.

He played key roles in both games against Belgium, making eight successful tackles and blocking several shots and intercepting other attacks.

The 24-year-old also helped out in attack whenever needed, providing a useful outlet on the right flank and was instrumental in launching counter-attacks for the Indian hockey team.