While discussing the upcoming men's FIH Hockey Junior World Cup 2023, key member of the Indian junior men's hockey team, Amandeep Lakra on Saturday said that the team will put extra emphasis on entering the circle. He also shared his thoughts and experiences regarding the 11th Sultan of Johor Cup 2023, where the Indian team won the bronze medal.
Amandeep said that competing in the Sultan of Johor Cup tournament against European teams provided him with unique learning opportunities. "I have learned a lot from them about how to play, and I would like to utilize this experience in the upcoming World Cup."
Amandeep Lakra was the tournament's top scorer during the 11th Sultan of Johor Cup 2023 with six goals in five matches. When asked about this achievement, he said, "In the past, I faced challenges converting opportunities, frequently struggling with nerves. However, as I gained confidence in my ability to convert, it propelled me to put forth even more effort in my journey of self-improvement,"
Additionally, Amandeep made remarkable progress in his penalty corner (PC) conversion at the Sultan Johor Cup, and he attributed this success to his dedicated focus on honing his drag flicking technique. He emphasized the rigorous efforts he made to improve his skills, which significantly improved his conversion rates. "My relentless hard work paid off, and I was able to convert more effectively," he said.
Looking ahead to the upcoming FIH Hockey Junior World Cup Malaysia 2023, which is scheduled to be held in Kuala Lumpur from December 5 to 16, 2023, Amandeep talked about learning from the recent experience and improving on some specific aspects of the team.
"We have high hopes of not only participating but also making it to the tournament's final. We will aim to make our presence felt on the grand stage, showcasing our determination and prowess in the process," Amandeep Lakra added.