Delhi Wizards has experienced a roller-coaster ride in the World Series Hockey (WSH) so far. However, the team has overcome all odds and remained positive about its chances of making the semifinals.
The side has lost four matches, won three and drawn one to gather 10 points after eight outings. Even though currently it is placed at the sixth spot in the points table, its players sounded confident.
“In the last couple of games we played well. We are improving as a team. At the start we did not get the players in time. Now we are playing well and trying to capitalise on our strengths,” said midfielder Jaswinder Singh, one of the few players who had been doing well for Delhi.
Gurvinder Singh, another fine midfielder, said the team did not get the time to jell well. “There was not enough time before the start of the tournament. Since we all came from different departments, it was important to practice together for some time to find the right combination. But we are improving day by day,” said Gurvinder, who played for India in different age group tournaments.
The two players valued their experience of playing along side Pakistani star Shakeel Abbasi. “I am big fan of Abbasi. It is good to practice with him and take inputs from him,” said Gurvinder, employed with the Punjab & Sind Bank.
“He tells us how to watch the ball and dodge a player. His perfection is infectious,” added Gurvinder.
Jaswinder shared his experience. “Abbasi has achieved a lot. I like his game, ball possession and speed. Even Philip Sunkel, at 37, is very fit. He is a world champion in indoor hockey. He also motivates the youngsters,” said 30-year-old Jaswinder, a 2007 Asia Cup gold winner. — Principal Correspondent