Pratap Lakra (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Pratap Lakra (Picture Credit score: Twitter)

Pratap Lakra mentioned that he follows Rupinder Pal Singh and Birendra Lakra with the intention to enhance his expertise.

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  • Final Up to date: August 10, 2020, 2:00 PM IST

India junior males’s nationwide hockey defender and drag-flicker Pratap Lakra has revealed he follows the likes of Rupinder Pal Singh and Birendra Lakra within the senior males’s crew with the intention to enhance his expertise in hockey.

“Because the senior crew additionally trains in Bengaluru the place we’ve got our nationwide camp, each time we’ve got a relaxation day or when the senior crew is taking part in an inside match, we go and watch them. I significantly observe Rupinder Pal Singh for his dragflick execution and by way of defence and sport I observe Birendra Lakra,” mentioned Pratap, who works as a Ticket Collector within the Railways.

“Each are very skilled and produce a particular ability set to the crew and watching them helps me improvise my very own sport,” he added.

Pratap is one more prodigy rising from the tribal belt of Sundergarh district in Odisha which is a hotbed of proficient hockey gamers. From a small hamlet referred to as Beldihi close to Sundergarh, hockey got here naturally to Pratap whose father and sister had been already common in that area for his or her innate skills on the sector and earned recognition for the household on the famed Khasi Match the place the prize is a uncommon breed of goat meat to feast on for the profitable crew.

“For me, hockey was a pure alternative. Everybody in my village performed the game. My sister had performed for the state and my father was a daily on the Khasi tournaments. I used to be very younger after I picked up the stick and I knew hockey could be my future,” mentioned Pratap Lakra.

With the Odisha Authorities taking eager curiosity in selling the game and having invested in Excessive Efficiency Centres throughout the state, Pratap feels many extra children like himself can be benefited from this system. “The initiative is nice. In Odisha, proficient gamers are in abundance however with the Excessive Efficiency Centres, they are going to be groomed as per worldwide requirements at a really younger age and that may solely assist enhance the pool of gamers in India,” he mentioned.

Having performed the Sultan of Johor Cup in 2017 and 2019, in addition to the 8-Nation Match in Spain final 12 months, Pratap mentioned he enjoys most taking part in in opposition to opponents Australia and Nice Britain.

“Taking part in in opposition to Nice Britain significantly could be very difficult as a result of they play to their positions, do not depart their markings and make sure the small errors we make price us dearly.

“There’s a lot to be taught from these two groups once we play in opposition to them and certainly Australia and Nice Britain can be groups to be careful for in subsequent 12 months’s FIH Junior World Cup to be held in India.”

At present on a break, Pratap awaits to listen to from SAI for the following junior nationwide teaching camp to be referred to as. “Till I return to the nationwide camp, I might want to proceed my responsibility as TC and concentrate on maintaining match,” he mentioned.

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