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Hockey World Cup, India vs New Zealand: No second chance from here for India | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: The Indian hockey team would like to emulate what happened in Raipur on Saturday. Albeit on an entirely different pitch altogether, an Indian team shocked the living daylights out of a team from New Zealand on home soil. It was the cricketers who did that on Saturday and the country would have its eyes on the men's hockey team to do something similar on Sunday here at the World Cup.The Indian campaign that started with getting the monkey off the back against New Zealand, followed by the game of inches against England and the demand of goals against Wales has reached the stage from where comebacks in the tournament are not possible. It's the knockout rounds and the Tokyo Olympics bronze medallists find themselves pitted against New Zealand in the crossovers. The winner goes ...
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This was not our best performance, admits India captain Harmanpreet Singh

India captain Harmanpreet Singh on Thursday admitted that they were below par and could have done much better as the home team defeated a lowly Wales 4-2 to fail to top its pool and qualify directly for the quarterfinals of the FIH Men’s World Cup. India can still qualify for the quarterfinals if they beat New Zealand in their crossover match on Sunday. “We are not satisfied with this win. This was not our best performance and we could have done better,” Harmanpreet said at the post-match press conference. Needing to win by a margin of eight goals to directly qualify for the quarterfinals, India failed to live up to the expectations as they finished second in Pool D behind England. Both India and England ended their group engagements on seven points each after winning two matches and dr...
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India’s Hockey World Cup bid revolves around Graham Reid’s theory of being ‘responsible’ | Hockey News – Times of India

ROURKELA: "The really great teams in the world make their decisions on the pitch." Coach Graham Reid was trying to make a point that he wants Indian players to soak responsibility and live by it each time they get onto the pitch at the ongoing Men's Hockey World Cup.It definitely reflects in the new-found confidence of skipper Harmanpreet Singh, though he wasn't able to replicate that on the field against Spain on Friday in a missed stroke and a couple of harmless drag-flicks.The best part was it didn't put off the team, even if there seemed an attempt to answer criticism about the understrength drag-flick department, after Jugraj Singh was only picked as a reserve for the World Cup.But that part of India's World Cup campaign is sealed. There are 18 men on the job who, says Reid, need t...
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India coach Graham Reid wary of ‘double-edged sword’ in home World Cup | Hockey News – Times of India

ROURKELA: Coach Graham Reid was keeping a close eye on the position of the defenders when the Indian players, donning their orange training kits, practiced inside the majestic 'bowl' -- the new Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium here. The feeling of overwhelm they experienced after their first feel of the stadium on December 27 had obviously settled, but not the awe."What's been achieved here in the last 15 months is incredible," said Reid, as he and skipper Harmanpreet Singh took their seats in the press conference room before joining the rest of the squad to train. "It was the first thing that hit us. Unbelievable!" he exclaimed in appreciation of the 20,000-seater stadium on the eve of India's World Cup opener against Spain on Friday.The massive structure has left most visitors mesmerized, a...
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Hockey World Cup: There is definitely pressure on Harmanpreet, but trying to divert it, says coach Graham Reid | Hockey News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India captain Harmanpreet Singh is one of the star attractions of the men's hockey World Cup starting Friday because of his sheer calibre of penalty-corner conversions, but the team's chief coach Graham Reid has worked upon plans to divert the attention from his key player.Harmanpreet is currently regarded as one of the world's finest penalty-corner exponents but Reid wants his other dragflickers -- vice-captain Amit Rohidas, Varun Kumar and Nilam Sanjeep Xess -- to share the responsibility with their skipper."I would be lying if I say that there isn't pressure on him (Harmanpreet). We have been spending a lot of time on our variations and making sure that we can deflect some of the pressure from Harman," Reid told PTI in an interview ahead of their tournament opener against ...
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Indian Men’s Hockey World Cup Squad: Harmanpreet to lead as India hope to end 47-year wait | Hockey News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Defender Harmanpreet Singh, who has been leading India since the later half of 2022, will continue to captain the national side at the upcoming FIH World Cup in Odisha, as the 18-member squad was announced by Hockey India on Friday. The 16-team tournament begins on January 13 next year with the final scheduled for January 29. It will be hosted by two cities in Odisha -- Rourkela and Bhubaneswar. The No.6-ranked India have been clubbed in Pool D alongside England, Spain and Wales. The hosts will open their campaign against the Spaniards on January 13 in Rourkela at the new, purpose-built Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium. The core-group of 33 players were put through a two-day selection trial at the SAI Centre in Bengaluru to pick the squad that will be expected to end India's 47-yea...
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Blake Govers slams hat-trick as Australia rout India 7-4 | Hockey News – Times of India

ADELAIDE: Blake Govers once became India's nemesis, slamming a hat-trick to lead Australia's 7-4 rout in a high-scoring second hockey Test of the five-match series here on Sunday. Indian skipper Harmanpreet Singh led by example to give them the early advantage when he converted a penalty in the third minute. But their joy was short-lived as the Kookaburras bounced back with Govers and Jack Welch leading the goal spree. Not the result we were expecting! 💔AUS 7:4 IND #HockeyIndia #IndiaKaGame @CMO_Odisha @sports_odisha… https://t.co/cYRLW2uoBW— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 1669533329000Having scored the winning goals in their close 5-4 victory in the first Test here on Saturday, Govers was once again in the thick of action. He scored his goals in the 12th, 27th and 53rd minute respectiv...
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Rampaging India thrash New Zealand 7-4 in FIH Pro League | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: India dished out an impressive brand of attacking hockey after trailing 1-3 at one stage to thrash New Zealand 7-4 in a high-scoring thriller in the FIH Pro League on Friday. The home side, who had beaten the same opponents 4-3 in the first leg on October 28, struggled in the first 15 minutes by conceding three goals but turned the match on its hand as they struck two goals each in the next three quarters. New Zealand dominated the first quarter but later withered under India's incessant onslaught as they could score just one goal in the next three 15-minute periods. Captain Harmanpreet Singh (7th and 19th minute; both PCs), Karthi Selvam (17th and 38th), Raj Kumar Pal (31st), Sukhjeet Singh (50th) and Jugraj Singh (53rd) scored for India. For New Zealand, Simon Child (2nd)...
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We need to switch on from start to finish: Graham Reid | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: Indian men's hockey coach Graham Reid wants his team to cut down defensive lapses and at the same time attack more when it faces New Zealand in the second leg of the FIH Pro League here on Friday. India began their campaign in the new season with a 4-3 win against New Zealand on October 28 before losing to Spain 2-3. The Indian team faces Spain again on Sunday. Reid said after watching the tapes of the two earlier matches, the team management has devised plans to improve its game this weekend. "We are looking to press more. We conceded too many opportunities. Although I was pleased with our defensive structure in the match against Spain, we let ourselves down in vital areas, making two or three mistakes that cost us dearly," Reid said ahead of the match against New Zealand....
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FIH Pro League: Upbeat India look to continue winning momentum against Spain | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: An upbeat Indian men's hockey team will aim for a disciplined effort and avoid unnecessary cards when it takes on Spain in the FIH Pro League here on Sunday. The Indians produced a great fight-back in the opener against New Zealand on Friday, rallying from 1-3 deficit to eke out a close 4-3 win at the Kalinga Stadium. The hosts will be eager to carry forward the momentum. Down 1-3, skipper Harmanpreet Singh (42nd) and Mandeep Singh (52nd, 57th) found the net to hand India a morale-boosting win. Mandeep Mor (14th) was the other goal scorer for the hosts. But it won't be easy against Spain as in the previous season, India lost 3-5 to the same opponents in the second match of the double-leg tie after registering a 5-4 victory in the opening game. The Indians will have to be li...
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Graham Reid acknowledges overdependence on Harmanpreet Singh | Hockey News – Times of India

With just a couple of days remaining for Indian men's opening game in the new season of FIH Pro League against New Zealand, Manpreet Singh & Co have been sweating it out hard at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar where they will be playing their first game post the Commonwealth Games. But even as they begin a new season, the 7-0 defeat against Australia in the final of the Birmingham meet will be on the back of their minds. It was another depressing defeat that the Indian team had to endure against the Aussies. Even during Tokyo Olympics India had lost 1-7. Speaking of the loss at CWG, India head coach Graham Reid, who won the FIH Men's Coach of the Year Award earlier this month, said, "No one wants to lose in that fashion and especially to Australia again. I think we were a bit intimid...
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Harmanpreet Singh named FIH Player of the Year

India defender Harmanpreet Singh was on Friday named the FIH Player of the Year in the men’s category for the second successive time. The 26-year-old became just the fourth player to win the Player of the Year award (men’s category) in consecutive years, joining an elite list that includes Teun De Nooijer (Netherlands), Jamie Dwyer (Australia) and Arthur van Doren (Belgium). “Harmanpreet Singh is a bona fide modern-day hockey superstar. He is a terrific defender with a knack for being at the right place at the right time to breakdown the opponent’s offense,” FIH said in a statement. “He has great dribbling skills to carry the ball up the field from defense. We spoke to @13harmanpreet after he was chosen as the FIH Player of the year for the second consecutive time. #HockeyStarsAwards L...
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CWG 2022 Hockey: Harmanpreet’s hat-trick hands India 4-1 win over Wales, enter semifinals

Vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh slammed a hat-trick as the Indian men’s hockey team beat Wales 4-1 in its final Pool B match to qualify for the semifinals of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday. Harmanpreet (19th, 20th, 40th minutes) converted two penalty corners and scored one from the spot while Gurjant Singh struck a field goal in the 49th minute for India.Wales’ lone goal was scored by drag-flicker Gareth Furlong in the 55th minute from a set piece. After the win, India were on course to top Pool B as they enjoy a goal difference of 22 over England, who still have a match against Canada. The Indians had the better share of possession in the first two quarters, but Wales gave a tough fight to their fancied opponents, especially in the first 15 minutes. India relied on quick inter-passi...
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CWG 2022: India rout lowly Ghana 11-0 in men’s hockey | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

BIRMINGHAM: The Indian men's hockey team decimated lowly Ghana 11-0 in its opening Pool B match of the Commonwealth Games on Sunday. As expected, the Indians were relentless in their attacks and completely controlled the proceedings from start to finish. The Indians played to their strength and scored five in the first half before pumping in four and two goals in the last two quarters. India converted six out of 13 penalty corners they earned in the match. Vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh (11th, 35th, 53rd) scored a hat-trick, while Abhishek (2nd minute), Shamsher Singh (14th), Akashdeep Singh (20th), Jugraj Singh (22nd, 43rd), Nilakanta Sharma (38th), Varun Kumar (39th) and Mandeep Singh (48th) were the other goal getters for India. It was a completely dominating performance from the Ind...
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Hockey at CWG: India aim to end Australia’s dominance | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The phenomenal success at the Tokyo Olympics has ignited hopes of the in-form Indian men's hockey team stopping the Australian juggernaut at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Australia's dominance at the CWG is a matter of envy. Since the game's introduction in the quadrennial event 24 years ago, the world No.1 Australia has been the most dominant force, having won all six gold medals till date. Going by renewed optimism and belief among the Indian players, it appears the men's team has a great opportunity to end Australia's gold rush at the event. The Indian team, which won a historic Olympic bronze after a hiatus of 41 years last year, has improved by leaps and bounds under Australian Graham Reid. India's best result came in 2010 at home (New Delhi) and in Glasgow (2014...
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Goal is to win gold in Birmingham CWG: India men’s hockey team VC Harmanpreet Singh

A confident Indian men’s hockey team is looking to put brakes on Australia’s golden run at the upcoming Commonwealth Games, vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh said on Friday. Australia has won all the six gold medals on offer in the men’s competition since the game’s introduction at the multi-sport event in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. But Harmanpreet exuded confidence that his team will be able to buck the trend in Birmingham. Harmanpreet Singh doing what he does the best 🔥 📹 Watch India’s dragflick ace in full flow at Tokyo 2020. 🔗: https://t.co/btx2jnUEzY#Hockey | @13harmanpreet | @TheHockeyIndia | @FIH_Hockey pic.twitter.com/Hre7BTM5vy — Olympic Khel (@OlympicKhel) July 12, 2022 “Our team has been performing well. We played well in FIH Hockey Pro League as well and therefore the confidence is...