Captain Sardar Singh said that the Indian needs to improve the conversion rate of scoring ahead of World Hockey League semi finals starting from Saturday. He said that everything is fine and has achieved satisfactory results in training sessions and practice matches. The Indian team is focused on finishing and converting attacks into goals.
The Indian team has so many young and new players; the team combination becomes flexible which will help create options and new plans for the opponents. The penalty corner conversion is also the main problem and the team needs to focus on that also. The main problem for the Indian team is the lack of ability to convert attack into the goals. The Indian men’s team takes on France on the 20th June.
The tournament holds importance for the Indian team as performances by players in the tournament will help them become stronger ahead of Rio Olympics in 2016. It is important that the Indian team plays attacking hockey. Indian team has Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Manpreet Singh, Ramandeep Singh who have done for the team in the recent past. The weather in Belguim is cool and suitable for playing hockey. Indian team is confident for a good show in the tournament; from the strikers especially.
Sardar Singh said that Indian team will look to play good hockey and be aggressive with style of play.
While in women’s section India play Belguim in the first match on the 20th June. The women’s team is yet to qualify for the Olympics and they will be eager for a good showing in this tournament. Indian women’s team finished 7th in Hawkyes Bay cup. Indian women’s team must work on their fitness to beat some of the top teams in the tournament.