Misc. news about Indian hockey

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Only if in this way our defence plays then we are very difficult team to beat!!!!
It sometimes remind me of 2011 cricket World Cup when our bowling was shit (although it is also shit today 😝).


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Wow. That was totally unexpected. The defending against Australia is almost always awful because they punish the little errors (which we are guaranteed by all Indian teams) and then their conversation rate of half chances is the best in the world.
Getting the winner in the last minute was handy because we weren't going to hold on otherwise ;)
Let's hope we continue this form


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^^^ In other words, you didn't watch the match. Took one for the team. And we won :) .... Thanks for the sacrifice then.\

Jokes apart, this was really nice news today. I don't get to watch hockey here in the US, so have to rely on what all of you say.


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Frankly, I was fearing the usual 6-7 goal losses and so didn't want to watch, especially as the same old faces were going to be in the team.

I watched a replay of yesterday's win and we were pleasantly competitive. However, the umpiring became really harsh on us as soon as we took a 3-2 lead. A couple of iffy PCs and a green card ensured Australia equalised. Luckily my 2 favourites, Mandeep and Akashdeep combined to score the winner.

There are still too many silly turnovers and mindless aerials that almost always end up as a foul or the opposition gain possession. Mandeep made one good pass, but was otherwise his usual self. Raj Kumar Pal is another one that regularly messes up.

Tackling was better but so many times, our players' footwork and body position (not low enough) is poor. Sometimes, they are holding the stick in one hand and on the reverse side and get beaten easily or give away a foul.

The commentators were praising the improved team defence- shorter gaps between the defenders, midfielders and forwards and markers stepping in FRONT of the opposition players to break up dangerous moves. Stuff that we just haven't been doing well ....forever!


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Yah.... Commentators were regularly pointing out smaller gaps in defense......That was one of the pleasing thing to tear woohoo


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I don't know whether it's true or not, but one Commentator said that "india has very creative and skillful forwards in team which are very difficult to defend. Only if India's defense improves it will relieve extra pressure on forwards and they will become much more difficult "


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Back to normal in the 4th test. 5-1 loss. Totally expected after the high of the 3rd test. Honestly, these results are guaranteed unless we change the sub standard players that we keep selecting year after year. :damn: :damn:


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Luckily, today i didn't watch the match


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I think we should work on our domestic set up


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I have heard that pro- league is too costly for many hockey playing nations, so they could revert back to old champion trophy system.....
The root cause of our hockey lagging behind is probably our lack of club hockey or league


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I think we should work on our domestic set up
Yes, indeed. A proper league that allows talent (coaches as well as players) to come through is badly needed. We are over 40 years too late already!

Selecting players on merit is also a big problem. So many promising players are discarded for no reason and those that are in favour can relax as performance has no bearing on their future involvement with the team.


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Do you have any idea when HIL is coming back?
Dilip tirkey said that he is working for revival of HIL