May the best team win!

The Indian Hockey team is assured of a podium finish for the first time in CWG. We have been Olympic champions once upon a time and world champion sometime in the past. But all that glory is a tale of the past. Looking at the recent form of the team, all that sounds like '' मेरा सुंदर सपना बीत गया".

However the matches in CWG against Pakistan and England was a slice from the earlier form of the team.

Against pakistan getting 4 pencalty corners in the first ten minutes tell the tale of ferocity of the Indian team. The same speed, agility and prowess was displayed during the mtch against England too. We hd some scores to be settled aginst the two teams. Pakistan - we had a long standing history against. English team had denied us a ticket to olympics and even in the World Cup, we were beaten black and blue by our opponent. The stage was set once again and our boys showed their mettle.

The speed was commendble, the intent clear and direction untenable. The players were on top from the word 'Go'and that resulted in gaining advantage in the begining moment of the match. Both against Pakistan and against England we drew the first blood.

However what I found going aginst us is the complcency buiding in fter taking initial advantage. Though it ws not as much damaging against Pak, it almost did us in against England. From 1-0 in our favor, the team let it go to 1-3 against us. The team got back to deensive mode in both the games, resulting in set-backs. However what was commendable was the way the team bounced back to equalize against english team and scored 2 goals in the last 15 minutes. The blue sticks were in full flow and the ground goal was superb. But the slack in the mid-game may cost us the gold tomorrow.

Another grey Area I found was lack of coordination in 'D- Area'many a times. the striker may find himself peerless in the opponent side of the field. passes someimes go awry. This may prove costly against the best team in the world.

In the previous two encounters, it was pretty clear that the better team won the match. The same would be the case tomorrow and I hope that the better team this time would wear blue color as in the last two matches that I watched.

May the best team win! | Prashant

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