Indian hockey team needs a sport psychologist to enhance mental toughness of players and help them continue their fine form in next month’s Asian Games, feels former captain Dilip Tirkey.

“India team urgently needs a dietician and psychologist. Mental toughness is first and foremost need to perform consistently at highest level. Only an expert can instil that among the players,” Tirkey told PTI Bhasha.

“It is also necessary to remain grounded after a win and in the same way recovery cannot be ignored. Our players need to focus on that with the help of a psychologist,” added the ace defender.

Chief coach Jose Brasa also had raised the issue during Delhi CWG. Tirkey hoped that the Indians will finish on the podium in Asian Games, to be held in Guangzhou, China from November 12-27.

“India is playing good aggressive brand of hockey and I think we can win a medal in Asian Games. Although we have to work on defence and penalty corners, where we are lacking,” said Tirkey.

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