India eyeing perfection against Malaysia at HWL

India eyeing perfection against Malaysia at HWL”

With the Hero Hockey World League entering the final stretch, the Indian team is well aware that slip-ups can prove very costly at this stage.

While India went down 1-3 to The Netherlands, Malaysia scored an astounding 5-1 win against China in their last Pool A match on Tuesday.

And come Thursday, Roelant Oltmans' men can not afford to repeat the mistakes against Malaysia, who are capable of springing surprises on their day. India recently lost 5-0 on its New Zealand tour but coach Sjoerd is confident of a better display from the girls in South Africa with the tournament being a qualifying event for both the HWL Finals later this year and the 2018 World Cup in London.

While beating Scotland 4-1 and Canada 3-0 fueled India's start at the tournament, it was the 7-1 win against Pakistan on Sunday that brought jubilation back home among the Indian hockey fans. This feat helped India win the Bronze Medal at Hockey World League Final at Raipur.

"Malaysia is a good side and no opponent can be taken lightly", emphasised Chief Coach Oltmans ahead of the encounter. It is also encouraging that India did not concede any goal in the third and fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, in other quarterfinals of the day, reigning Olympic champions Argentina will play Pakistan, the Netherlands will take on China and hosts England will square off against Canada. If India beat Malaysia, they could be up against Argentina, whose penalty corner conversions have been phenomenal.

It is encouraging for India that their forwards have stitched together great work in converting goals with Akashdeep Singh showcasing sublime form. He has scored five goals for the team with Harmanpreet Singh scoring three goals and Ramandeep Singh and Talwinder Singh scoring two each.

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