In the recently concluded World Hockey League Semi finals played at Anterwp, Belgium , the Indian men’s hockey team finished 4th and the Women’s team finished 5th. The men’s team did a decent job while the women’s team did the hard work to hold on the 5th place.
In the men’s section the areas to work upon is the defense where the Indian men’s hockey were shoddy. In the match against Australia the Indian team conceded 6 goals, in the semi finals against Belgium they the Indian team conceded 4 goals and in the 3rd place match India conceded 5 goals. They need to work upon the penalty corner. Rupinder Pal Singh missed 4 matches in the tournament and only scored 1 goal in 2 matches he played. The Indian team need to work on the speed, stamina against strong teams like Australia, England and Belgium. They need to take their chances. In this tournament India did not concede a goal against Poland. They missed the services of VR Ragunath in this tournament. The Indian forwards needs to give short passes. Before the Rio Olympics 2016 the Indian team needs to improve these mistakes.
The Indian women’s hockey team finished 5th in the tournament and are still in contention for the Rio Olympics. In the World Hockey League Semi finals the Indian team lost to Belgium 1-0, NewZeleand 5-0, won against Poland and lost to Australia 2-4. In the quarter finals India lost to Holland 0-7. They won the next two matches against Italy and Japan to finish 5th. The Indian women’s hockey team needs to improve their stamina, speed. They need to have good dragflickers to put pressure on the opponent goalkeeper. The Indian women’s needs to focus on passing. They enter the “D” but are not able to hit the shot with force.
The Indian’s men’s hockey team has the talent to surprise the best in the World on their day but have to consistent enough to beat the best.