Indian field hockey player PR Sreejesh on 8 December 2016 took over as goalkeeping mentor of the India Under-21 team.
The decision was taken when the home team is all set to compete in the Junior World Cup title after a prolonged 15-year wait.
Sreejesh, who is the captain of the senior national men’s team, will take charge of the role from South African Dave Staniforth.
Staniforth was roped in by Hockey India to work with the junior goalkeepers for a short three-week period keeping in mind the World Cup. He is set to leave for his home nation tomorrow.
About PR Sreejesh
- Born on 8 May 1986, Parattu Raveendran Sreejesh is an Indian field hockey player.
- He plays as a goalkeeper in the Indian national team and is its current captain.
- He plays for Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the Hockey India League.
- In 2004, he made into the junior national team in a match against Australia in Perth.
- He made his debut in the senior national team at South Asian Games in Colombo in 2006.
- After India's victory at the 2008 Junior Asia Cup, he was awarded the Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament.
- His second Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament award came at the 2013 Asia Cup, in which India finished second in the tournament.
- He was the captain of the team that won the silver medal at the Hero Champions Trophy 2016 held at London.
- On 13 July 2016, he was given the responsibilities of the captain of Indian hockey team.