Indian hockey legends on Tuesday slammed the nationwide crew for its “common” efficiency within the World Cup the place they misplaced to New Zealand to crash out of the quarterfinal race, saying the debacle has halted the momentum the nation had gained after successful a historic bronze on the Tokyo Olympics. India had gone into the showpiece with hopes of ending on the rostrum for the primary time after the gold medal-winning feat in 1975 however misplaced to New Zealand in sudden dying within the crossover match.
The hosts will play ninth to 16th classification matches on Thursday and Saturday in Rourkela.
Member of the 1975 gold-winning crew Ashok Kumar mentioned the Indians lacked high quality and had been far inferior to high nations in all departments of the sport.
“The crew was given every kind of help, 6-7 months camp, overseas publicity, high class infrastructure, the very best of diets, what else may have been accomplished? And what efficiency did they provide? You can not even attain the quarterfinals of a house World Cup in entrance of your followers,” Kumar mentioned.
“It has to do so much with the standard of gamers, in the end the debacle was because of common gamers taking part in common video games. That may’t win you a World Cup medal,” he added.
Making additional evaluation of the efficiency, Kumar mentioned, “Every time we attacked, more often than not we ended up on the opposition circle. I do not understand how the gamers had been skilled, there was no distribution of the ball, no inventive passes, they merely did not know what to do. If you cannot rating greater than 4 targets in opposition to a crew like Wales, then what are you doing? “Since, they can not rating from open play, they needed to depend upon penalty corners and Harmanpreet Singh was below super strain and he failed. We weren’t up to speed in all departments of the sport. Aside from Akashdeep Singh, I might say no (outfield) participant performed properly within the 4 matches.
“The crew failed miserably in defence additionally. They conceded two targets in opposition to Wales after which allowed New Zealand to come back again twice after two-goal down. They can’t try this in a World Cup. I do not know why Rupinder Pal Singh retired after the Olympics, he would have been an important asset in defence and PC conversion,” the 72-year-old mentioned. Requested if there must be adjustments within the teaching employees, Kumar, who scored the successful aim within the 1975 World Cup ultimate in opposition to arch-rivals Pakistan, mentioned, “We now have had many overseas coaches up to now however what’s our achievement within the World Cup after 1975. So, please inform me what distinction would have been there if we had Indian coaches. Indian coaches wouldn’t have accomplished worse at the least.
“Because of the help of the federal government, particularly the Odisha authorities, we’re internet hosting World Cups right here and our crew ought to have capitalised on this. However it’s like we’re internet hosting tournaments and our crew is just not getting higher. I really feel that the great momentum we gained from the Tokyo Olympics has been halted by this World Cup efficiency.”
Former captain Sardar Singh mentioned the debacle was because of the collective failure of the crew.
“Hockey is a crew sport. If you wish to win a event, 14 to 15 gamers of the squad must carry out at 70 to 80 per cent, which was lacking on this World Cup,” mentioned the legendary midfielder, who’s a part of the Hockey India choice committee.
“Hardik’s harm was an enormous blow as he was the principle participant within the midfield. He was instrumental in linking up with the forwards and creating alternatives, moreover scoring a aim (in opposition to Spain).” Sardar additionally agreed that Harmanpreet felt the strain of captaincy as he missed one penalty nook after one other.
“He (Harmanpreet) felt the strain of captaincy, that too in a house World Cup. He is likely one of the finest drag-flickers on this planet and did properly within the Check sequence in opposition to Australia additionally.
“However he didn’t look his finest, maybe feeling the strain. However he’s a world class participant and can’t be counted out.” On head coach Graham Reid asking for a psychological conditioning coach going forward, Sardar mentioned, “If he (Reid) felt so, he ought to have raised the demand after the Olympics. Hockey India and SAI have been offering all needed assist to the crew and they’d have addressed it too.” Hockey India president and former captain Dilip Tirkey mentioned not reaching the quarterfinals of the World Cup after the excessive of Tokyo Olympics lower than two years in the past was very disappointing.
“Some gamers from whom we had a number of expectations, they by some means couldn’t carry out. All of us have accepted it,” he mentioned.
“We received a number of penalty corners however we scored just a few from them. There was one thing lacking in our defensive construction additionally.”
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