Aim to improve yourself at the game: Dhanraj Pillay
Bhubaneswar: A player’s aim should be to improve himself and not to compare himself with others, said Indian hockey legend Dhanraj Pillay.
Pillay, along with ace drag-flicker Len Aiyyapa and Dilip Tirkey, visited the Naval Tata Hockey Academy Odisha (NTHAO) and interacted with the girl cadets and coaching staff of the Hockey High-Performance Centre.
The trio surprised the young hockey players on the blue turf as they took on the sticks to share the tricks of the sport. They also interacted with the young cadets.
“Never compare yourself with others. Only aim to improve yourself at the game. Today, the turfs are equipped for better results. Follow the coach, learn the tricks and constantly strive to better your skill,” said Pillay.
“Watch and learn from seniors in the national teams. You all have it in you too. Sky is the limit and you should persevere to be an international player and make your parents and coach proud,” he added.
“Government of Odisha and Tata’s have put together such great facilities and opportunities for youth like you to excel at the highest level. Dream big and I am sure you will achieve it too,” Pillay said.
Extending his best wishes to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Department of Sports, Pillay said, “Even today, the global hockey fraternity talks about the spectacular Hockey World Cup hosted by Odisha in 2018. The State has set a benchmark. Even the hospitality extended to players was by far the best.”
“I thank Government of Odisha and Naval Tata Hockey Academy Odisha for giving me this opportunity to visit the centre. It is always a pleasure to be on the turf and interact with young hockey players. These young legs made me work hard this morning and I am so pleased to notice this talent here,” Pillay added.