India's High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans on Sunday held his defenders responsible for their second consecutive defeat in the Hero Champions Trophy stating that the hosts' backline just crumbled under Argentina's counter-attacks encounter in the final 15 minutes of the game here.
India's High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans on Tuesday said the hosts are determined to give a tough fight to their opponents and are geared up to face world no. 3 Germany in their opening match of the FIH Champions Trophy to be held here from December 6-14.
Pakistan started the mindgames ahead of their high-profile summit clash against arch-rivals India with goalkeeper Imran Butt claiming that his team will enjoy "psychological advantage" over Sardar Singh's boys when the two teams square off tomorrow.
Indian men`s hockey team chief coach Terry Walsh says their first target is to make the semifinals at the Commonwealth Games while Neil Hawgood, the person entrusted with the task of getting the best out of the women`s outfit, also expresses confidence of a decent finish.
Australian ace Jamie Dwyer was forthright in his assessment about the current India hockey team terming Sardar Singh and Co as an "inconsistent" bunch, who will have to depend a lot on ace drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh and comeback man Gurbaj Singh.
Vice-captain V R Raghunath, Rupinder Pal Singh and Nithin Thimmaiah scored a brace each to guide India to a resounding 9-1 win over minnows Oman and register their second straight victory in the men`s Hero Hockey World League Round 2 here today.
The multi-million dollar World Series Hockey received another jolt on Thursday with six more top Indian players withdrawing from the league to be held across different cities of the country from December 17.
Their confidence sky-high after an unbeaten run in the league stage, a vivacious India will lock horn with arch-rivals Pakistan in what promises to be a cracker of a final in the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament on Sunday.
The in-form India drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh, who is having an impressive run at the ongoing Azlan Shah Cup Hockey tournament in Malaysia, credited Jugraj Singh, who himself was an ace drag-flicker, for his success.