Shivering Indians delight coach LeeReported by Deccan Herald on Friday, 4 May 2012 (on May 4, 2012)
*Great Britain coach Jason Lee seems to be getting vicarious pleasure seeing the Indians, who are here to play in the four-nation hockey tournament to test the 2012 London Olympic facilities, shiver in the cold, blustery conditions.*
Lee says after experiencing the hot climatic conditions in India when his team played in the World Cup and the Commonwealth Games, he is amused to find the Indians struggle to cope with the chill in the Olympic Park air.
"We've been to some hot major tournaments like the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and the World Cup there.
So I'm giggling to myself seeing the Indians coming here and thinking it's freezing, finding it as hard in comparison as we found it in India," Lee was quoted as saying by BBC after his side defeated India 4-2 in a round-robin match on Thursday.
"I'm praying for an unseasonably cold August. Hopefully we'll have the coldest summer in history. My tip for acclimatisation: Twenty-four hours in the fridge," he said.
Britain, who lost their opening match against Germany 1-2, looked a completely different side against India, who are struggling to come to terms with the cold conditions and the blue and pink turf.
"It is great to win, of course it is," Lee said. "We wouldn't score those four goals again. We were fortuitous to get the four that we did, but our performance is improving.
"We did look sluggish and in the second half we stopped showing for the ball and we had some great opportunities to play through them if we just had a few more people feeling like they could deliver."
Ron Moore, who scored the opening goal with a fierce reverse hit, felt the early goals allowed them to dictate terms. "Our performance today shows we have made a good improvement. We got out of the blocks quickly. A few early goals did really help.
Team-mate Mark Pearn, a veteran of the Sydney and Athens Olympics, added: "The guys are starting to understand what a home Olympics might be like. If we can play the attacking style of hockey that we did in the first half, I think the crowd will enjoy coming to see us."
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