Indian males’s hockey workforce might be aiming to enhance its penalty nook conversion charge when it squares off with lowly Singapore in a second pool A match of the Asian Video games on Tuesday. Agency favourites India blanked lowly Uzbekistan 16-0 of their event opener on Sunday however the Harmanpreet Singh-led facet is aware of that there’s room for enchancment. Particularly, with regards to penalty corners, Indian workforce has fluffed their possibilities regardless of possessing a potent bunch of drag-flickers. In skipper Harmanpreet, who was rested within the opening match, Varun Kumar, Amit Rohidas and Sanjay comprise a potent power in penalty nook power.
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However regardless of that India transformed simply 5 out of the 14 penalty corners they earned within the match in opposition to Uzbekistan and it might be a matter of concern for chief coach Craig Fulton going into the sport in opposition to Singapore.
The nice factor is that Harmanpreet will play Tuesday’s match and going by his repute, the onus could be on him to take the duty within the penalty nook division.
However the good a part of India’s efficiency in opposition to Uzbekistan is their show within the forward-line as out of the 16 targets, 10 got here of discipline play.
Lalit Upadhyay shone vibrant within the forward-line scoring 4 effective targets, whereas Mandeep Singh was a livewire, discovering the online thrice and likewise establishing a number of assists for his teammates.
The midfield, led by Manpreet Singh, vice-captain Hardik Singh and Vivek Sagar Prasad, would look to proceed its regular efficiency.
However Fulton could be cautious about the truth that the Indian defence has hardly been examined in opposition to Uzbekistan as goalkeepers PR Sreejesh and Krishan Bahadur Pathak stood as mere spectators in the whole 60 minutes and didn’t need to make a single save.
Ranked third on the earth, India are the highest workforce in event whereas Singapore are positioned forty ninth and Fulton’s boys are anticipated to have it simple and register their second consecutive win.
Singapore’s morale could be low after struggling a 0-11 thrashing by the hands of Pakistan of their opening match, and it would not augur effectively for them as India hammered them 15-1 of their final outing approach again in 2012.
The Indians could be trying to preserve their confidence excessive and keep it up the successful momentum forward of two powerful pool matches in opposition to title holders Japan on September September 28 and arch-rivals Pakistan on September 30 earlier than wrapping up the marketing campaign in opposition to Bangladesh on October 2.
India’s chief coach Fulton, identified for his tactical brilliance, stated the necessity of the hour to win the Asian Video games is continuity in efficiency.
“Our focus is at all times on the subsequent recreation. Whereas our opening win was spectacular, we’re dedicated to sustaining our efficiency ranges and fine-tuning our methods. Each match is a chance to be taught and develop as a workforce,” he stated.
Skipper Harmanpreet too expects the workforce to keep up the momentum.
“We began the event on a excessive be aware, however we all know that every match presents a novel problem. We’re right here to compete, give our greatest, and make our nation proud,’ he stated.
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