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Coach Graham Reid needs to rope in psychologist to work with mentally fragile Indian gamers

Coach Graham Reid needs to rope in psychologist to work with mentally fragile Indian gamers 1
Indian males’s hockey crew captain Manpreet Singh and Birendra Lakra together with Coach Graham Reid. (Supply: Twitter)

A “stable mind” is the necessity of the hour in fashionable hockey, says new chief coach Graham Reid, hinting {that a} full-time psychologist might quickly be a part of the Indian crew in its quest for Olympic qualification.

Very properly conscious of India’s perennial behavior of succumbing beneath stress in crunch conditions, Reid needs to rope in a psychologist to work on the psychological facet of the gamers.

“In modern day sport, every player needs to be mentally stable and tough to deal with different sort of pressures,” he mentioned.”I am nonetheless making an attempt to work out how greatest to try this as a result of the very last thing you need to do is deliver somebody (psychologist) in who doesn’t actually get on with the crew.

Over the subsequent month or so we are going to work on one of the simplest ways ahead on the psychological facet,” Reid instructed PTI in an unique interview on the sidelines of the continuing FIH Sequence Finals right here.

“To me it’s a really important part but I also understand we have cultural differences. So those things have to be balanced.”

Reid changed Harendra Singh in April this yr and the Australian mentioned his ardour to provide Indian hockey its superb days again introduced him to the nation.”I do have a ardour to get India again up on the high and that’s what I can be specializing in,” the 56-year-old former Australia coach mentioned.

“When I was coming through I always played against India and Pakistan. They were always the teams that we heard about. There is an Anglo-Indian connection between India and Australia. The Anglo-Indians formed a big part of Perth hockey. There is a deep history there and may be that’s where my passion comes from.”

Stability and consistency are one thing that the Indian hockey crew in addition to the nationwide federation (HI) will not be recognized for and Reid is totally conscious of it. Requested if he’s ready for an early exit from the nation if the Indian crew fails to qualify for the Olympics, he mentioned: “On the finish of the day, I don’t have a alternative. For me I attempt to get individuals to grasp it takes time.

This crew wants stability and I will attempt to present that as a lot as I can.”The boys want confidence to flourish and get them perceive how good they are often. The most important factor that I need to deliver to the crew is consistency in efficiency.

“If you look 10 years ago and now, Indian hockey has come a long way. We just need to be patient. We need to understand there are going to be ups and downs. We need to just make sure we are targeting towards Olympic qualification first and then try to be on the final podium,” he added.

Reid mentioned India have to take cue from present world champions Belgium in that facet.”Belgium offers a reasonably good template. In case you go 10 years again they weren’t even within the high 10 however they caught round. India has made the ultimate of the Champions Trophy final yr and in 2016, so it’s a must to put your self in these positions to have the ability to study to play on the highest degree when it counts.

“A big goal of mine is to try and play as many big games as possible to provide that experience. Belgium lost a fair few finals before they won the World Cup.Sometimes, hard knocks makes you better. But it’s not an overnight thing,” he defined.


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