Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh on Friday said that focussing only on youth is not going to bring them success but backed Harendra Singh to stay on as coach despite their quarterfinal exit in the hockey World Cup.
Veterans SV Sunil and Ruipinder Pal Singh were excluded from the World Cup team owing to injury and lack of form.
Asked if the focus will now primarily be on picking young players, Sreejesh said,
“See what do you mean by youth, if a youngster comes into the team and he gets three or four more years experience, does it mean he is an old guy? You can’t win tournaments just with youngsters. In important matches we need experience.”
The experienced player, who has led India in the past, added, “When you play big matches there is a lot of pressure. The seniors will come in handy, as their experience is valuable. Experience plays a big role.