BENGALURU: India men's hockey team midfielder Nilakanta Sharma said on Wednesday that his side had reaped the rewards of tremendous hard work during lockdown in the recently concluded series against Olympic champions Argentina.
India defeated Argentina in both FIH Pro League games, besides winning two practice games in Buenos Aires.
Sharma said that the tour of Argentina was an enriching experience, and the team is hoping to carry this current run of form into the Tokyo Olympics.
"We made it a point to keep training and work on our game even while being indoors. Our preparations for the Olympics started last year in the FIH Pro League, where we fared well against world champions Belgium, the Netherlands and Australia. We also had a solid tour of Europe earlier this year. That gave us the confidence that we could face the best teams and come out on top," said Sharma. (IANS)