India were denied a bronze medal match by a gaffe by the mistake of the umpires in the Sultan Azlan Shah encounter against Malaysia.
India and New Zealand are both in a must-win situation. Inn the earlier match South Korea are almost out of contention after being held to a 3-all draw by Australia.
India will have to win both their matches, but still their Sultan Azlan Shah Cup final hopes rest on the performances rest on the performance of other teams
It was one of the most clinical games that India played in the recent times with all departments gelling well as they won 3-1 in the Azlan Shah Cup. The Indians were far superior to Pakistan in fitness and this held them in good stead as Pakistan fizzled out after some quick attacks in the first-half.
After missing out on Beijing berth, there will be no high hopes from the Indian hockey team and a top-six finish would be credible
As India launch their campaign for the elusive hockey medal in the London Olympics, the team's fortunes will heavily depend on Sandeep Singh, one of the best drag-flickers in the world.
Coach Michael Nobbs does not have any illusions about his wards ability. The genial Australian, who worked on toughening his team from a physical aspect, believes that the team’s ability to pull a surprise will depend largely on their mental framework during the Olympics.
When 76-year-old Gurbux Singh opened the small, black case with trembling fingers and gently fished out the gold medal he won almost half a century ago, India hockey captain Bharat Chetri and his London-bound team-mates could not take their eyes off him.
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