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India’s first match in the Asia Cup was against Pakistan (India vs Pakistan). This match was a 1-1 draw. Now it’s a do or die match for him
Asia Cup Men’s Hockey Tournament to Defending Champion India (Asia Cup Hockey Tournament) Japan will also have to pray for a win over Pakistan in the second Pool A match on Thursday as they beat Indonesia by a huge margin to reach the knockout stage in the . India (Indian Hockey Team) The work of the game will no longer be done by just winning your match. Japan and Pakistan for this (Pakistan Hockey Team) He will also have to wait for the result of the match. India is third in Pool A behind Japan (six points) and Pakistan (four points).
Under the guidance of Sardar Singh, India has fielded a youth team in the tournament, in which two legends like Birendra Lakra and SV Sunil returned with the decision of retirement. However, both these players could not do anything special in both the matches. India played a 1-1 draw with Pakistan in the first match after losing a goal in the last minute. The inexperience bore the brunt of their 2-5 defeat against Japan on Tuesday. Even if the team beats Indonesia, it will be difficult for them to get tickets for the knockout stage. Now India has the challenge of defeating Indonesia by a big margin. Along with this, Japan’s victory over Pakistan in the second match is also necessary.
India will have to beat Indonesia in any case
India’s goal average is minus three while Pakistan’s is plus 13. Only if Pakistan loses to Japan and India beats Indonesia by eliminating the goal average difference, will it get a place in the Super Four. The reason for the poor performance of Indian young players was inexperience. These players could not bear the pressure of international hockey. In two matches, India was seen struggling in all three departments, defence, midfield and attack.
India’s defense will have to perform better
India does not have a playmaker like Sardar or Manpreet Singh in the midfield. Lakra struggled for rhythm in the defense and the Indian defense collapsed in the crucial moments. In the forward row, Simranjit Singh, who were members of the bronze medal winning team at the Tokyo Olympics, and the young Uttam Singh could not do anything. Pawan Rajbhar definitely impressed. India’s penalty corner was also poor as the team did not have any quality drag-flickers after Rupinder Pal Singh withdrew on occasion due to a wrist injury.