Hockey World Cup 2018, K Arumugam column: India find hope in Harendra Singh's flexibility and players' versatility
Today's hockey fans are certainly not wonderstruck at seeing Indian players don versatile roles across the pitch. Harendra Singh is the rare ‘desi’ coach who doesn’t believe in a fixed format but celebrates modernity and flexibility. Here lies the great Indian hope.
Hockey World Cup 2018: Drag flick woes, defensive fumbles mark India's scrappy opening win over South Africa
India might have played their easiest match of the tournament. They would do well to believe it was their worse too.
In the 12th minute, captain Thomas Briels found the back of the net again for Belgium but the goal was disallowed after Canada went for the referral, claiming the ball hit his hand before rolling on to the goal.
Hockey World Cup 2018: Pressure on India, but confident they will perform well, says Australia coach Colin Batch
India have improved a lot. I think they will play well here. The best teams play consistently well throughout the tournament, Australia coach Colin Batch said.
History shows India are up against a well-established trend. Harendra Singh and his wards will be stretched to the hilt to prevent history from repeating itself.
Hockey World Cup Memories: Former captain Ajitpal Singh recounts leading India to title glory in 1975
India's only World Cup-winning captain, Ajitpal Singh, remembers his World Cup journey in this exclusive chat with Firstpost for our series, Hockey World Cup Memories.
Hockey World Cup 2018: Anticipation hangs heavy as hosts India begin quest for elusive trophy against South Africa
In a region steeped in history - where the unexpected valour of local soldiers shook the conscience of a certain King Ashoka - India will hope to write their own legend.
Hockey World Cup 2018: World No 12 Malaysia will be looking to impress despite being drawn in tough group
As the World No 12 team, Malaysia are the best ranked Asian outfit after India at the 2018 Hockey World Cup. What will also bolster their confidence coming into the showpiece event is the fact that the team won silver at the recent Asian Games
Hockey World Cup 2018: With synergy between forwards, midfield and defence, India can get over dark day at Jakarta
For the Indian team, maybe it’s time to move on from that one dark day at the Asian Games and look at what can be achieved here at The Kalinga.
Hockey World Cup 2018: Stage set in Bhubaneswar for global spectacle as India nurse dreams of turnaround
The fresh paint on the murals depicting hockey players in action is drying, and much like the smell that newly-coated surfaces retain, the freshness in Manpreet Singh's team is there to be soaked in. And at the centre of it all, India are nursing a pipe dream.
Hockey World Cup 2018: Hosts India hope to overcome limitations, end 43-year itch in showpiece event
India will be worried about their tendency to concede late goals, apart from poor short-corner conversions.
Rested from India's silver medal winning Champions Trophy campaign, Sardar Singh was on Monday named captain of the 18-man squad for the 6 Nations Invitational hockey tournament to be held in Valencia from 27 June.