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Indian Hockey Team Lacks Control, Performance Level Dipped: Senior Sports Journalist, Sundeep Misra

04 December 2017

Tapan Das

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Bhubaneswar: It was disappointment again for Indian Hockey fans on Monday as the home team lost 0-2 to Germany in their final Group B encounter at the FIH Hockey World League (HWL) Finals. This was India’s second loss in a row after losing 2-3 from a lower-ranked England.

Leading sports editor, Sundeep Misra expressed dissatisfaction over India’s performance in the ongoing event. Barring the opening tie against Australia, the hosts have not displayed control in other match.

“The control in a game originates from the defence, penetrates into the midfield and moves towards the forward line. That complete control has been missing from the last two matches,” Misra said.

In Monday’s match, Germany had a possession of 60 per cent. The game was in complete control of the Germans in the second and third quarter, and the score gave them an upper hand to dominate in the fourth quarter.

The basic thing that India is lacking is control of the game. Though senior members are missing in the squad, but there are quality players whose performance has dipped by a large quantum, Misra added.

“What bothers me is that on a scale of 1 to 10, the performance level of Indian Hockey Team has dropped from 8 to 4. Under such a scenario, excuses like important players are being missed, are unacceptable,” he added.

The senior sports journalist who has covered seven Hockey World Cups was in all praise for the local crowd and arrangements in Bhubaneswar for the HWL Finals.

The crowd is cheering for all teams. The only place where I have seen a packed stadium is Holland, which I can say is the only place apart from Bhubaneswar where people come to watch other teams, he said.

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Sundeep Misra, Senior Sports Journalist