Need to Work on Converting Chances Into Goals Ahead of Olympics: Lalit Upadhyay

Indian men’s hockey team forward Lalit Upadhyay feels that the players need to work on converting more chances into goals ahead of the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to open on July 23. In the recent Argentina tour, the Indian team scored 12 goals in four practice matches and five goals in two FIH Pro League games against the Olympic Champions, but Lalit said there is still room for improvement as nine goals came via penalty corners. Also Read – Aditya Chopra Pledges To Vaccinate 30,000 Daily Cine Workers, Seeks Maha CM’s Help

“The matches against Argentina were high-scoring games and it’s never easy to convert field goals against a team like Argentina who are quite strong in their defence,” said Lalit, who scored in India’s 3-0 win against Argentina in the FIH Pro League tie. Also Read – Michael Vaughan REACTS as IPL 2021 Gets Canceled Amid Covid-19 Crisis

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“Over these last few months, we have really worked a lot on converting goals as well as creating penalty corners. We have also focused on how we must work our way into the circle from the 25m mark,” he added. Also Read – Board Exams 2021: This State Postpones Class 12 Board Examinations Amid COVID Surge; Will CBSE Follow The Suit?

Lalit said the team can be a bit sharper while taking chances inside the circle. “This is something we are focusing on during our on-going camp,” he said. He said the team can win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics despite facing several challenges in the lead up to the Games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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