The 2018 Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy is going on in the Netherlands. The tournament sees the participation of 6 countries. India is also contesting in the last edition of Champions Trophy for men’s category. In their second match of the tournament, India went on to defeat Argentina scoreline of 2-1. This is India’s second consecutive victory. They defeated Pakistan in the first match. Hitting his tactics right, India’s new coach, Harendra Singh has surely worked his way through difficulties. Here we look at the undergoing competition, as India look to overcome their dreadful Commonwealth games outing.
Olympic Champions took down
In the early phase of the match, Argentina tried to capitalise as Indian attack took time to settle in. In the first quarter, Argentina earned three penalty corners, but it was subdued by Indian defence. The defence was not just guarded by few men, rather, as the ball came in, all of the boys were up to their feet. Very much up to the mark, the defence impressed everyone. In the 17th minute, India got the first goal through Harmanpreet Singh. The difference was further extended by Mandeep Singh a few minutes later. Eyeing their maiden Champions Trophy title, on Saturday, India defeated arch-rival Pakistan 4-0. Argentina is currently ranked number two in the world. Indian boys performed well as a team, to take down the 2016 Summer Olympic Champions.
Eyeing for maiden trophy
The Indians carried on from where they left against Pakistan last night and produced a solid display in all departments of the game to get the better of their fancied rivals. The problem of defence seems to be sorted out while the forward line also appearing good despite the absence of Ramandeep Singh. Coming into the tournament on the back of a disastrous campaign at the Gold Coast Games, where they finished a disappointing fourth, the Indians made their intentions clear early on by showcasing all-around, compact hockey in their opening two games.
The courage and composure shown by Indian men were great and probably due to the hard work and some serious attention to fitness. In his 30’s Indian captain Sardar Singh was clinical in the two wins. He created opportunities and managed the midfield quite well. Besides this was his 300th International match. With hopes rallying high, currently, Indian team sits at the top of the table, announcing their presence.