Was very impressed with Netherlands' Pirmin Blaak's goalkeeping, says Krishan Bahadur Pathak

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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], October 28 (ANI): The Indian Men's Hockey Team goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak has been left impressed with goalkeeping skills shown by Netherlands' Pirmin Blaak during the ongoing FIH Hockey Pro League matches.

The Indian team is currently in the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Bengaluru for the national coaching camp and they are closely following the ongoing FIH Hockey Pro League matches. On Tuesday, the Netherlands beat Great Britain 1-0 on home ground in Amsterdam. Floris Wortelboer was the lone scorer of the game while the goalkeeper Pirmin Blaak's exploits at the post ensured the home team defended their lone goal.

"I was quite impressed to see the Netherlands defend the score. Their goalkeeper Pirmin Blaak made very good saves. It is interesting to see the Netherlands trying out new players in these matches. It is important we are aware of how they play and what they bring to the match. We will be further analyzing this match with the whole team on Wednesday when we have a meeting," said India goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak who was also part of India's FIH Junior Men's World Cup feat in 2016.

With no further tournaments this year for the Indian Team, Pathak said it is important that players bring out their best in every session in the camp. The emphasis has been on creating match-like scenarios in training sessions.

"October onwards, the Chief Coach has increased our intensity and workload. It is important we bring our 100 per cent to every session. We create match scenarios in training sessions and ensure the intensity which we execute is the same as when we play a big team like the Netherlands or Belgium," Pathak explained.

While the core probable group has been working on returning to their old form, players are also ensuring that all the safety measures are being followed.

"We are very fortunate to be in a bio-secure environment here at the national camp. Hockey India has ensured there is no big gap in our training and preparations for the Olympics. We have been provided with everything we require in the Camp and our focus is on increasing the workload gradually and hitting good form by the time we begin competing next year," he added.

Pathak also said he is using this time of competition to improve his individual game. "I have been focused on bettering my footwork, and PC defending. We also work on shootouts and I feel it's important to use this time off competitions and travel to build a strong base for my game," Pathak said. (ANI)