A dismal ninth-place finish in the World Cup notwithstanding, Indian coach Terry Walsh chose to see the brighter side and said that the team is trying to mix the Asian and European styles of hockey that can be troublesome for the rivals.
With both their men`s and women`s teams marching into the semifinals, Australia, Argentina and the Netherlands would be eyeing the golden double when the last-four stage of the FIH Hockey World Cup is played out over the next two days here.
Defending champions Australia stayed on course for the semifinals of the men`s hockey World Cup with an assertive 3-1 victory over European Cup silver medallists Belgium at the Kyocera Staium here today.
India captain Sardar Singh hoped his boys would bounce back against Spain Wednesday following back-to-back losses against Belgium and England after conceding last minute goals in the FIH Hockey World Cup.
Indian hockey team`s chief coach Terry Walsh today lashed out as the national probables` preparatory camp for the upcoming World Cup is being held in searing capital heat instead of cooler confines in any other part of the country.
Onkar Singh, member of the 1975 World Cup-winning national hockey squad, feels it is important for the Indian team to win the first two games to gain momentum in the FIH World Cup starting on May 31 in Hague, Netherlands.
Continuing with its initiative of recognising the efforts of players who have brought laurels to the country, Hockey India (HI) will felicitate the greats, who won the only World Cup for India in the year 1975 at Kuala Lumpur, on May 14.
Experienced Gurbaj Singh and Danish Mujtaba today made a comeback to India`s 21-member men`s hockey team for this month`s preparatory tour to Europe ahead of the FIH World Cup to be held at The Hague, Netherlands from May 31 to June 15.