first_img“They did not have some senior players like (goalkeeper) “They did not have some senior players like (goalkeeper) Srejesh in Azlan too and some seniors were not here (in Champions Trophy) Sardar (Singh) and Rupinder Pal Singh. I think the coach is going in the right direction and experimenting to see where we are lacking. Sardars return will now strengthen the team,” said Dhanraj. Dhanraj was very impressed with the fitness level of the team and its ability to not only keep pace with the speedy set of Australians but even outshine them.”110 per cent I can say our fitness level has improved. Frankly, Indians could never keep pace with Australia. But in this tournament, I could see Australia were nowhere compared with India in terms of fitness or ball possession.”We had 79 per cent possession in the last quarter. We also dominated all the quarters and overall I also could not give the sort of performance these boys have given in recent times.”Dhanraj advised the players to be very careful in their intake of medicines as the wrong ones could land them in trouble in Rio.”Only one month is left and my request to the players is – dont fool around with your body, dont take any unnecessary risk because if you take 2-3 days rest it will take four days for you to recover, concentrate on fitness, eat the right food at the right time and dont take any medicine which is going to harm you in the Olympics.” He said anyone from the team could be asked to give urine samples for dope testing.advertisement”Nobody knows who will be called for dope test in the Olympics. I have given samples in all the Olympics, World Cups, Asian Games. They had called me for dope test. So my advise to the players is – be careful.”He also felt the Indian team should take it one game at a time and target the weaker teams in the group.”Its (introduction of quarter finals stage instead of direct semis after group stage) is going to benefit all teams and especially India. We can concentrate on 2-3 teams which are weaker than us. We should concentrate on those 2-3 teams as Germany and Australia are also there (in Indias pool).”We should make a strategy in such a way that we should not lose also and also keep points. Oltmans is good in making strategy and my advice is – take it one match at a time.” PTI SSR NRB KHS KHSlast_img

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