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.
Drag-flick expert and forward Shivendra Singh returned to the 18-man squad which Hockey India (HI) announced Wednesday for the FIH World League Round 3 (Semifinals) to be played at Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, June 13-23.