India start as favourites against Oman in Jr Asia Cup QFs
Harmanpreet Singh has been in good form for India scoring five goals in the tournament so far.
Kuantan (Malaysia): High on confidence after their unbeaten run in the group stages, Indian junior men's hockey team, will start as overwhelming favourites against lowly Oman in the quarterfinals of the eighth junior Asia Cup, here tomorrow.
The Indian colts, who booked their quarterfinal berth yesterday after defeating a low spirited Chinese team, have been on a winning streak so far.
The Indian colts so far have remained unbeaten in the group stage, defeating Japan 2-1, Malaysia 5-4 and China 4-1.
Skipper Harmanpreet Singh has been in good form for India scoring five goals in the tournament so far.
Mandeep Singh and Manpreet Singh Jr is behind Harmanpreet having scored two goals each in the tournament so far.
"Yes, we are happy about what we have achieved so far, but here on it's a new tournament for us as we enter the knock out stage in the tournament. We are aware that we enjoy an upper hand over our opponents in the quarterfinal, but we cannot take this lightly, as it's in a do or die situations where most of the upsets happen," Indian junior men's hockey team coach Harendra Singh said.
"Oman is a strong team and our boys are leaving no stone unturned to give their 100 per cent to the match tomorrow. We will stick to our basics and do not intend to test or try any new techniques or strategies especially in the knock out stages," he added.
India will go into quarterfinals against Oman as the table toppers in Pool A, while Oman hasn't had a good run at the tournament, losing all three matches.