Hockey World League: India are not small tourists, says captain Sardar Singh

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Antwerp, Belgium: His side competence have already requisitioned their place in subsequent year’s Rio Olympics, though India captain Sardar Singh asserted that they are not small tourists in Belgium and have a lot to play for in a ongoing Hockey World League Semifinals.

There is small during interest for a Indian group in a stream tournament, notwithstanding their positive spots in a 2016 Olympic Games as good as a World League Finals after in a year.

File print of Sardar Singh. Getty Images.File print of Sardar Singh. Getty Images.

File print of Sardar Singh. Getty Images.

The ongoing World League Semifinals offers 3 spots in a Olympic lineup. For several teams it is a final possibility to make it to Rio Olympics, while India have already cumulative their thoroughfare by trait of winning a Asian Games bullion award during Incheon final year.

Three spots are also accessible for a World League Finals for that India are involuntary qualifiers as hosts, permitting a Sardar-led side a oppulance of perplexing out some immature players and new strategies underneath new arch manager Paul outpost Ass.

“We are not tourists during this tournament, positively not,” says Sardar, as a Indian captain is asked by universe media if a Indian group has anything during interest in this tournament.

India are a usually group here to have already cumulative a thoroughfare to Rio Games, permitting them to breathe easy in a foe where some countries are display nerves aplenty.

“We might have already competent for a Olympics, though we positively wish to perform good going into a World League Finals that India will horde after in a year,” pronounced Sardar.

“We wish to do good here as most during any other team,” he combined as a group prepares to go into their second pool fixture, opposite Poland, who gave Pakistan a tough time in their initial tour before losing 1-2.

Poland are ranked 17 in a world, 8 spots behind India, though Sardar was entirely wakeful that their opponents have a intensity to lift off a warn on a haphazard Indian counterclaim that hardly survived a shock opposite France.

Like France, a Polish also have some rapid strikers who can mountain sprightly counters, as they displayed opposite Pakistan, who also paid a cost for wasting several scoring opportunities until a match-winner came in a fourth quarter.

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“You can't take any opposition likely. The universe rankings do not matter when we step on to a field,” pronounced Sardar, anticipating a immature members of his group would have schooled their lessons from a knowledge opposite France, where visitor Devinder Walmiki scored an opportunistic winning goal.

India managed to put it opposite France 3-2, with a match-winner entrance in a failing stages of a compare in that they were hampered by a deficiency of their dual drag-flickers VR Raghunath and Rupinder Pal Singh.

Raghunath was one of a 3 players forsaken from a patrol due to injuries suffered in a training stay forward of this tournament. Rupinder, who was to be complacent from this event, came in as a deputy for Raghunath, though did not play a opening compare due to an damage postulated in the
warm-up matches heading upto a tournament.

India’s arch manager Van Ass is carefree that a Indian counterclaim will put adult a much-improved uncover compared to a compare opposite France, who regularly managed to means problems by penetrative bursts.

Trying to explain new strategies to his wards, including some juniors, Van Ass is approaching to again use this tour for some some-more experiments forward of a worse encounters opposite subcontinental hockey rivals Pakistan and reigning World champions Australia.

PTI

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