Indian hockey teams need a psychologist, says Sardar Singh

India's star midfielder Sardar Singh says that junior hockey players were finding it hard to cope up with the pressure of playing in front of home crowd.

updated: December 16, 2013 21:15 IST
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New Delhi: Indian hockey teams, both senior and junior, were often guilty of buckling under pressure in big events and senior national team captain Sardar Singh on Monday called for roping in a qualified psychologist to work on the mental preparation of the players.

The just-concluded Junior World Cup in New Delhi was the recent example of Indian players' weak mental conditions as, despite being tipped as a semifinal contender, the hosts crashed out in the pool stages to eventually finish a disappointing 10th. Asked if he felt the urgent need of a psychologist in the team, Sardar said he hoped the senior national side gets one before Hockey World League final round to be held here from January 10-18.

"I feel we definitely need a psychologist with the team as early as possible. We even discussed this thing with (Hockey India's high performance director) Roelant Oltmans. When we were watching India's Junior World Cup matches from the stands, the players looked to be under pressure," Sardar told reporters during an event of his Hockey India League side, Delhi Waveriders in New Delhi on Monday.

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