Indian men’s hockey team in past few months has done well in international tournaments like the Champions trophy and Sultan Azlan Shah. Indian men’s hockey team is ready to take on the worlds best at the Rio Olympics. India will take on Ireland in their first group match today.
In 2012 London Olympics, Indian men’s hockey team played poorly and had a to pay with disappointing performances. The coach has changed since then and with the arrival of Oltmans, Indian men’s hockey team have given tough fight to top teams in the world. In 2014 the Indian men’s hockey team won a bronze medal in a champion’s trophy. The Indian men’s hockey team made the country proud by winning a gold medal at the Asian Games in 2014 and became the first team to qualify for Rio Olympics and won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games held in 2014.
The Indian men’s hockey team has shown improvements. They have defeated Australia in Australia. In the year 2016, they clinched a silver medal at the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament and an historic silver medal at Champions Trophy.
The team is captained by goalkeeper P Sreejesh. The Indian men’s hockey team is currently 5th in world rankings. The Indian team have good mix of experience and youth which will be important to the team’s cause.
The forward line includes young players like Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, SV Sunil, Nikkin Thimmah. It is important for the Indian team to attack and convert the chances into goals.
The ability to convert goals from penalty corners will be important to India’s chances. India has three quality penalty corner specialists in the form of Rupinder Pal Singh, Ragunath and Harmanpreet Singh. With Rupinder Pal Singh and Ragunath having lots of experience playing for the Indian team
The main problem for the Indian team has been to concede goals at the last moment. Also, the defence must not concede penalty corners to the strong opponents. The team needs to play consistently to defeat top teams like Germany and Netherlands who are in our group.
The Indian team has a good defence in the form of Kothajit Singh, Devender Walmki, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh. They must focus on not conceding soft penalty corners and no space to let the goals.
It is the right chance for the Indian team to play with aggressive attitude and make the country proud again with good performances in the Rio Olympics.
The Indian men’s hockey team’s ability to play aggressive hockey makes them a dangerous team and can beat the top team in the world on its day. They have defeated Netherlands, Germany in the past. The focus should be taking it game by game.
It is important that the hockey team should have positive mindset in the matches. P Sreejesh will be important to India’s fortune. It is an added responsibility on the shoulder of P Sreejesh. The main players who will decide the fortune of Indian men’s hockey team are the three penalty corner specalists, SV Sunil, Akashdeep Singh and Ramandeep Singh.
The time has come for the Indian men’s hockey team to prove all critics wrong and come back with strong performances in the Rio. After the national team is going through all the problems, its time for the Indian people to support the team and help them bring back glory again.
The chances of winning a medal look a good possibility. I think if India plays to its potential then, they can give top teams tough times. It is important for the Indian men’s hockey team to play with the calm mind and do not allow pressure to take a toll on them.