Conceding late goals by a fragile backline has been Indian's men hockey team's perennial bane which new chief coach Paul van Ass wants to eradicate by roping in a full-time psychologist for Sardar Singh and Co.
Fitness is key to any team's success in fast-paced modern-day hockey and the Indian men's national team can be rated among the top five fittest sides in the world currently, said the country's Australian physical trainer Matthew Eyles.
Former India hockey coach Michael Nobbs said it was perhaps a good time to appoint a home grown product to take up the national coach's job ahead of the Rio Olympic Games, for which the squad has already qualified.
The Hero Hockey World League Final is Terry Walsh`s first assignment with India, but the newly-appointed chief coach of the senior men`s team has reposed faith in his wards to put up a good show in the elite eight-nation event to be held here from January 10-18.
Even as the euphoria over Indian junior women hockey team`s historic bronze in the World Cup is yet to die down, former senior men`s side chief coach Michael Nobbs has claimed that seven of the players were suffering from anaemia, an iron deficiency disorder.
Former India hockey captain Pargat Singh, who played a key role in the appointment of Michael Nobbs as national coach in June 2011, blames the Australian as much as the lack of infrastructure in the country for India`s slide at the international level.
Held to a draw by lower-ranked Ireland in their FIH World League Round 3 opener, the Indian men`s hockey team will have to regroup quickly and come up with something special against formidable Netherlands in their next Pool B match here on Friday.
The Indian hockey team management orgainsed a special session for the players in the just-concluded national camp in Bangalore to create awareness about corruption in the wake of the recent spot-fixing scandal in IPL 6.