PR Sreejesh feels his chequered worldwide profession resembles Malayali staple ‘Avial’ – a combined curry of 13 greens. At 34 and within the twilight zone, all that’s left for Sreejesh is to tick a few packing containers in a profession that has been stuffed with quite a few ups and some downs. A second Olympic medal wrapped round his neck with the big Eiffel Tower looming over him is an final dream however for now, he needs to be that protected ‘check-post’ in what will probably be his third and final Commonwealth Video games. “The life was all the time not the identical. It was all the time filled with ups and downs. I had some actually good matches as properly some actual dangerous outings. I had a foul begin to my profession, then progressively, I’ve risen up the ranks to develop into India’s No.1 keeper,” Sreejesh advised PTI in an interview.
“From witnessing the low of 2012 London Olympics to profitable bronze in Tokyo, in between I captained the nationwide crew after which in 2018, my profession was virtually over resulting from an ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) damage. In Kerala, we have now a well-known dish known as ‘avial’. It is a 13-vegetable curry. I can relate my profession to avial.” On the 2014 Asian Video games in Incheon, South Korea, Sreejesh starred in Indian’s gold medal win, when he saved two makes an attempt in a shoot-out towards Pakistan within the closing. On the 2014 and 2018 Champions Trophy, he was adjudged “Goalkeeper of the Event”.
At this stage of his profession, Sreejesh prefers quick targets.
“As a teen, I all the time used to plan for 4 years. Now, I all the time desire short-term targets. Now my precedence is CWG, then my subsequent step is World Cup for positive. If you find yourself retaining quick targets that all the time lets you focus extra in your efficiency, health and psychological power.” So he principally plans to hold on until the Paris Olympics.
“Trying ahead, Paris is possible. I can see the Eiffel Tower however that highway isn’t going to be straightforward. I imagine these small steps will assist me attain there,” the lanky goalkeeper stated.
“One other Commonwealth Video games is a difficult one as a result of in one other 4 years, I do not assume I will maintain (my health) however who is aware of there you may see me as a coach.” Sreejesh believes goalkeepers are like classic wine, which will get higher with age, as he mirrored on his illustrious profession, the place he began by warming the bench and went on to develop into top-of-the-line on the planet.
He stated the setbacks within the early a part of his profession taught him classes to make use of failures as constructing blocks for achievement.
“Once I began my profession, I used to concede loads of targets. The most effective a part of a goalkeeper is that when you find yourself the second selection, you get to realize loads of expertise by sitting outdoors and watching. I realized the sport by watching the likes of Devesh Chauhan, Adrian D’Souza, Bharat Chettri.
“Over a interval, I had seniors, who corrected me and coated for me. If I might have been drafted straightaway in the primary crew, I might have completed by now as a result of the strain is just too excessive on the worldwide degree and teen would possibly discover it troublesome to deal with on the onset,” Sreejesh stated.
“That is why we all the time say goalkeepers get higher as they become old. Goalkeepers are like classic wine as a result of with age, their maturity degree goes excessive, their pressure-handling will get higher and so they take selections properly.” Speaking in regards to the upcoming CWG, Sreejesh believes India have the potential to complete on the rostrum however overcoming the mighty Australians can be key in deciding the color of the medal.
“The crew is able to reaching the ultimate for positive. The best way we’re performing, we will positively give you a greater consequence than 2014. But it surely’s about how you’re dealing with that specific day when you find yourself taking part in the semifinal and closing. Undoubtedly, this crew is able to ending on the rostrum,” he stated.
“Australia is likely one of the greatest groups on the planet. We noticed their efficiency within the Tokyo Olympics as properly. So it isn’t going to be very easy to beat them however the best way our crew is performing now we’re assured of giving them a tricky competitors. We aren’t going to make it straightforward for any crew,” he signed off.
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