Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], August 11 (ANI): Hockey India on Friday congratulated the Indian Men’s Hockey Team goalkeeper PR Sreejesh for incomes his three hundredth International cap.
The goalkeeper, who hails from Kizhakkambalam, Kerala, achieved the feat throughout India’s semifinal match of the Hero Asian Champions Trophy Chennai 2023 towards Japan on the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium, Chennai. India have been unbeaten thus far on the ongoing Hero Asian Champions Trophy Chennai 2023, profitable their first sport 7-2 towards China, drawing 1-1 towards Japan of their second match, beating Malaysia 5-0, profitable towards South Korea 3-2, after which beating arch-rivals Pakistan 4-0.
Sreejesh, who has featured in all 5 video games thus far, has performed an vital position in guarding the goalpost in the course of the event.
The 34-year-old goalkeeper is without doubt one of the most skilled gamers within the present Indian squad. Sreejesh has 4 appearances on the prestigious FIH Hockey World Cup. Sreejesh made his India debut on the 2010 World Cup in New Delhi and since then he has been a pivotal member of the workforce.
He represented the nation at nearly all the key worldwide tournaments together with 2010, 2014, and 2018 Hockey Men’s World Cup and 2023 Hockey Men’s World Cup, Commonwealth Games in 2014, 2018 and 2022; and three Olympic Games – London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, the place he helped the workforce clinch the historic Bronze medal. He was additionally a part of India’s Bronze Medal feat on the 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang, joint winners of Hero Asian Champions Trophy in 2018, Gold Medal profitable workforce of 2019 FIH Men’s Series Finals in Bhubaneswar and Silver Medal profitable workforce on the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. He was instrumental in India’s third-place end on the FIH Hockey Pro League 2021/22.
Sreejesh was awarded the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award in 2021 and is just the second sportsperson from India to win the World Games Athlete of the Year 2021. He has additionally received back-to-back FIH Goalkeeper of the Year awards in 2021 and 2022, respectively. Prior to the Hero Asian Champions Trophy Chennai 2023, Sreejesh was a part of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team which went to Spain to play within the a hundredth Anniversary Spanish Hockey Federation- International Tournament. Speaking on the milestone, Sreejesh mentioned, “I am privileged to have represented India for more than two decades and earning my 300th International Cap is truly a special memory for me. I will always give my best each time I will get the opportunity to wear the Indian jersey. I would like to thank Hockey India, my teammates, and the support staff for their constant support over the years.” Congratulating PR Sreejesh on the accomplishment, Hockey India President Padma Shri Dilip Tirkey mentioned, “I congratulate PR Sreejesh for reaching this mega milestone. It is a special and memorable for any player to wear the Indian Jersey for the 300th time. Sreejesh has become a source for inspiration and he has proved his mettle with some remarkable performances over the past few years. I am sure that he will continue to make the country proud and add more accolades to his name going forward.” (ANI)