India’s men’s hockey team will face world No. 1 Australia in the third test match on Wednesday. Both teams believe that these matches are crucial in their preparations for the upcoming FIH Odisha Men’s World Cup of Hockey 2023 Bhubaneswar-Rourkela starting on January 13.
As the dominant home team will look to build on their success in the opening two matches where they beat India 5-4 and 7-4 respectively, India will be looking to bounce back to win the elusive points of the series.
Introspective on the first two games, Captain Harman Preet Singh said: “We’ve come through the mistakes we made in the first two games. Australia are so fast in converting set pieces even if they find the slightest gap, so we need to structure our defense better.”
Both matches were fiercely contested with India and Australia at full throttle in their attack. They used speed to their advantage and scored a total of 20 goals in just two matches. Both matches also saw as many CPs swapped between the two teams. Speaking of high-octane games, Harmanpreet said: “When it comes to high-scoring games and both teams go full throttle in their attack, too many penalty corners are created. .”
“Although we managed to create penalty corners and score some, we also gave a number of CPs that need to be reduced in the next games,” Harmanpreet pointed out.
Speaking on the positives from both games, Harmanpreet said: “Good interception and counter-attacking continues to be our positive. We were also level with Australia in terms of speed and fitness. We have started the matches well, scoring goals in the first quarter itself Some of the young players playing against Australia for the first time like Mohd Raheel and Sukhjeet also did well playing under pressure.
“I think we’ve gained a wealth of experience playing against such a quality side heading into the World Cup in January and we’re looking forward to the remaining three matches,” he signed.
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