1593760542_sports-2020-07-03t124502.884 The Final One Left at SAI Bengaluru: Suraj Karkera Says It is Been Difficult With out Teammates

Suraj Karkera (Photograph Credit score: Twitter)

Suraj Karkera selected not to return dwelling to Mumbai, when all of his teammates did, as a result of coronavirus pandemic

Final Up to date: July 3, 2020, 12:51 PM IST

When Hockey India introduced a month-long break for all members of each males’s and girls’s groups on June 19, everybody besides Suraj Karkera determined to make their approach dwelling.

The goalkeeper needed to take the powerful choice of not going again to Mumbai since his metropolis is likely one of the worst affected in India so far as the COVID-19 pandemic is anxious.

“I spoke to my mother and father as soon as the month-long break was introduced. They requested me if I may keep again on the SAI campus as a result of the state of affairs is not nice in Mumbai. After fascinated about our security, my mother and father and I made a decision that it is best for me to remain again right here, although my teammates had determined to go away.

“It has been difficult with out my teammates, however all of them have been staying linked with me by way of phone calls. I meet a number of the assist employees members throughout the day, so it has been nice right here on the campus,” mentioned the 24-year-old.

The goalkeeper expressed that adapting to a troublesome state of affairs as a result of COVID-19 pandemic was an enormous problem and the state of affairs taught the gamers keep mentally robust in tough occasions.

“It was definitely a problem adapting to the lockdown. The state of affairs taught us be mentally robust by sustaining our health and dribbling with our hockey sticks in our rooms. Everybody tailored to the state of affairs in the absolute best approach.

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“I’ve been studying loads of motivational books to attract positivity. I’ve a while to make amends for many TV exhibits as properly throughout this era. We saved ourselves busy with many actions throughout the lockdown,” mentioned the goalkeeper.

It hasn’t been a simple journey for the goalkeeper, who performed his final match for India on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Check Occasion in August 2019. Since then, PR Sreejesh or Krishan B Pathak has been guarding the posts for the nationwide crew.

“It has been tough to be on the sidelines for a very long time, however I’m positive my possibilities will come. Sreejesh and Krishan have been protecting very properly in the previous few tournaments and that is nice for the Indian crew.

“I’ve continued to place within the exhausting yards throughout the nationwide teaching camps and that is what has saved me motivated thus far. I simply need to preserve honing my expertise and be completely prepared when a possibility is introduced to me,” mentioned Karkera.