Kumar v Peliat will decide

It was the longest 10 minutes of his entire Hockey playing career for Malaysian Hockey keeper S.Kumar.
After Malaysia had taken a 3-2 lead over India in the quarterfinals of the World League, Kumar and his team mates had to undergo constant barrage of attacks by India but safely navigated their way through to make the semis and book a berth in the 2018 World Cup.

Kumar admitted that it he thought it was all over when Ramamseep Singh was left unmarked a minute before the final hooter at the far post.

” I thought it was curtains as I moved to my right but the ball deflected to my left and somehow went past my left post and out of play,” said Kumar when contacted in London.

Just seconds before that Kumar produced what was the turning point of the match with a toe poke save.

” We played the right game against India and although we had luck on our side it took lots of grit and determination to pull this off.”

Kumar and the team spent the Friday going through videos on how to neutralise the effectiveness of Peliat whom Argentina will count on to score from penalty corners in the semis.

” He got the better of me in the first match but I aim to turn the tables on him this time around,” said the 37 year old from Tampin.

” We have developed a strategy in our penalty corner Defence and will surely try to negate his ability to score,”

Kumar however was non committal if he would vie for a place for the 2018 World Cup, having played the 2014 World Cup.

” It all depends if my body can withstand the pain and avoid injuries in the run up to the World Cup,” added the TNB employee.

” The mind may be willing but the body has gone through rigorous punishment over the past 18 years and is taking its toll.

” Many think a goalkeeper has an easy job, but I guess it’s the last position anyone wants to play in and you get hit with balls and at times sticks from all directions.

” I hope and pray that I can be there in India next December but will take it on a look and see nadia, reviewing my position every three months.

” After all we have talented keepers waiting to take over my role.”

For now though, the Father of two is focussed on creating history by taking Malaysia into its first high level Hockey final after the 1998 Commonwealth Games final,

And it is that man Peliat who Kumar wants to stop at all costs from ending this dream run of the Hockey team.