“Impressed With Netherlands Goalkeeper Pirmin Blaak in the FIH Hockey Pro League Match”: Krishan Bahadur Pathak

Krishan Bahadur Pathak
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Currently, the Indian men’s hockey team is at SAI, Bengaluru, for the National Coaches Camp for the FIH Hockey Pro League’s ongoing matches. The Netherlands beat Great Britain 1-0 at home ground on Tuesday in which Floris Wortelboer was the lone goal scorer of the game as goalkeeper Pirmin Blaak’s exploits at the post allowed the home team to defend their only goal.

“I was very impressed to see the Netherlands Goalkeeper Pirmin Blaak made some very good saves against Great Britain yesterday. It is interesting to see the Netherlands trying new players in these matches. We must know how they play and what they bring. We will analyze this game in more detail with the whole team on Wednesday at a meeting”

Krishan Bahadur Pathak (Indian Goalkeeper)

As you know, due to a pandemic situation, there will be no other tournaments this year for the Indian team, and Pathak explained, “Starting in October, the head coach has increased our intensity and our workload. We must make our contribution 100% in every session. We create match scenarios in training sessions and make sure that the intensity we perform is the same as when we play a great team like the Netherlands or Belgium.”

As the Core Probable Group strives to return to its old form, players are also making sure all safety measures are followed:

“We are very happy to be in a bio-secure environment here at National Camp. Hockey India has made sure that there are no big gaps in our training and preparations for the Olympics. We have received everything we need at camp, and our goal is to gradually increase the workload and achieve good form by the time we start competing next year”

Pathak also said:

“I have focused on improving my footwork and defending the PC. We are also working on shootouts, and I think it is important to use this free time for competitions and travel to build a solid foundation for my game.”