Saturday, May 18, 2024

India’s ‘Wall’ PR Sreejesh stands apart at Tokyo Olympics

PR Sreejesh read over 50 books during the pandemic. On Sunday, he scripted a memorable, yet unfinished chapter in the twilight of his career.

Two years ago, at the 2018 men’s World Cup, injury issues seemed to be plaguing Sreejesh. A freak accident with an Australian player the year before at the Azlan Shah had seen the Indian tear a cruciate ligament. He even mulled retiring from the game as the men in blue’s home World Cup bid came to a stuttering end.

At the Tokyo Games on Sunday, the 35-year-old Indian stopper returned to his ‘Great Wall of India’ status as he summoned an array of reflex saves to deny Great Britain, who mustered eight PC’s to India’s none and had to negotiate several nervy moments in the second-half as Team GB ultimately failed to find the turnaround needed.

Sreejesh’s performance in his third Olympics led GB captain Adam Dixon to praise the Indian. “I have been lucky enough to play alongside him in India and I know how infectious his performance can be on the rest of his team,” said Dixon, who will now head into international retirement. “He kept them in that game, no doubt about it.”

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