Team  confident of a podium finish at the Hockey Junior World Cup: Midfielder Vivek Sagar Prasad
Vivek Sagar Prasad

Team confident of a podium finish at the Hockey Junior World Cup: Midfielder Vivek Sagar Prasad

New Delhi, November 2, 2021

Promising midfielder Vivek Sagar Prasad has exuded confidence that India will have a podium finish at the Hockey Junior World Cup to be played in Bhubaneswar from November 24 to December 5.

"Our preparations are going really well and every player is giving his 100 per cent on the field during practice. Sharing the same campus as the senior team has been the biggest boon because we have been able to get a lot of match practice against them," Vivek told Hockey India.

"We also spend a lot of time talking to the seniors about playing under pressure and the experiences they share is valuable," he said.

"No doubt it will be a tough competition but we will continue to go by the mantra of taking one match at a time. Our first priority will be to top the group and make it to the quarter-finals," said Vivek, who is part of the Junior Men's Core Probables Group for the World Cup.

The midfielder said that all the players are highly motivated and are eager to play on their home ground in Bhubaneswar. "Though there won't be any spectators, yet there is a lot of excitement among the players to just experience the facilities in Kalinga Stadium.

"Personally, for me, too, I never had the opportunity of playing in the 2016 FIH Junior Men's World Cup as I had suffered an injury and eventually never made the team. I am really looking forward to use my experience with the Senior team to play my best hockey at Bhubaneswar. Our focus is to make it to the podium," he added.

Hosts and defending champions India are grouped in Pool B along with Canada, France and Poland. The other teams in the tournament include Belgium, Malaysia, South Africa and Chile in Pool A.

Netherlands, Spain, Korea and the United States are grouped in Pool C while Germany, Argentina, Pakistan and Egypt are in Pool D.

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