The Indian males’s hockey crew would look to place up a disciplined efficiency and keep away from pointless playing cards in its bid to return to successful methods towards Canada on the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham on Wednesday. After a thumping 11-0 win over Ghana of their opener, India squandered a three-goal benefit and had been held 4-4 by hosts England of their second pool B match. The Indians began brilliantly and dominated the primary two quarters to take pleasure in a cushty 3-0 lead at half time. However the Englishmen got here out laborious within the ultimate two quarters to stun the Indians.
England had been additionally helped by three playing cards to India’s Varun Kumar twice, one for 5 minutes within the first half and for 10 minutes within the second half, in addition to a 10-minute suspension for Gurjant Singh within the ultimate quarter for harmful play.
England made full use of these lapses to place stress on the Indian defence they usually finally wilted beneath stress to share the spoils.
India vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh conceded that they have to be extra disciplined going ahead.
“Our resounding win towards Ghana was the proper solution to begin our Commonwealth Video games marketing campaign. However we’re just a little bit disillusioned about our efficiency towards England.
“There are a number of takeaways from that match for us significantly on the subject of self-discipline and never letting our guard down when now we have lead on board,” he mentioned.
The Indians are positioned second within the pool with 4 factors from a win and a draw, whereas England are within the lead with seven factors from three video games.
A win towards Canada would consolidate India’s place within the group and take them one step nearer in the direction of a semifinal spot.
Going by type and rankings, it must be a cakewalk for India. Whereas India are positioned fifth on this planet, Canada are mendacity approach beneath, within the thirteenth place.
The final time India performed towards Canada, within the 2019 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, the Manpreet Singh-led aspect gained 7-3.
Regardless of the draw towards England, the Indians would look to play to their energy, which is attacking hockey. Nonetheless, whereas doing so, they might want to guard towards complacency.
“Canada is a troublesome opponent, it has been some time since we confronted them in any official match, however our sport plan is evident and the gamers are able to execute it completely as our preparations for this sport have been rigorous,” Harmanpreet mentioned.
After Canada, India will spherical off their pool engagements with a match towards Wales on Thursday.
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