It was also India's second consecutive defeat to Ireland having lost to the same opponents 1-2 in their last encounter at the Hockey World league Semifinals in Johannesburg last year.
While India won the Asia Cup in Dhaka and finished on the podium at the Hockey World League Final, glaring gaps remain in defence. Coach Sjoerd Marijne would do well to plug them in the World Cup year.
The four-round Hockey World League was an ambitious innovation running into three seasons, but will pave way for a two-tier competition from 2018 onwards.
Hockey World League Final 2017: India were burdened by coach Sjoerd Marijne's new system in Germany loss
In the match against Germany, India seemed burdened by a new strategy that they are trying to imbibe and ended up losing 2-0.
India, who drew 1-1 with Australia and lost 2-3 against England in their previous outings, thus finished at the bottom of Pool B table with just one point from three matches.
Catch the live score and updates from India's match against Germany at the Hockey World League Final, taking place at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
Highlights, India vs England, Hockey World League Final 2017, Scores and Updates: Visitors clinch the match 3-2
Catch the live score and updates from India's match against England at the Hockey World League Final 2017, taking place at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
Hockey World League Final 2017: Sardar Singh's sacking from India squad unfortunate; he's still world class
In the inner recesses of his mind, Sardar Singh must be looking for answers. He inhabits a universe where age is not just but definitely a number.
When the Indian junior women’s team won a bronze medal in the 2013 World Cup, the story soon disappeared from the media. In contrast, India’s gold medal in the junior men’s World Cup in 2016 received strong media coverage.
Highlights, India vs Pakistan, Hockey Match Result, Asia Cup 2017: Manpreet Singh and Co beat rivals 3-1
Catch the live score and updates of the Hockey Asia Cup 2017 match between India and Pakistan.
Hockey Asia Cup 2017: India coach Sjoerd Marijne needs to shake things up to remove element of predictability
India's thirst for a World Cup podium and an Olympic medal is becoming critical for the very survival of the sport in the country. It’s under that pressure Marijne will operate.
Hockey Asia Cup 2017: India, Pakistan look to bring back glory days; South Korea aim for World Cup berth
Where does India actually stand, being the top-ranked Asian team? Indian players are now learning the art of patient build-up.
India will open their campaign against the mighty Kookaburras on 1 December before taking on England and Germany.
Former hockey powerhouse Pakistan qualified for a major tournament after a gap of six years when they made the cut for the men's World Cup 2018, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced on Thursday.
Belgium scored three goals in eight second-quarter minutes to demolish Germany 6-1 Sunday in a Men's Hockey World League tournament final in Johannesburg.
Oltmans' comment comes as Indian hockey goes through a lean phase. In contrast, 2016 was a landmark year when the men's team won its maiden Champions Trophy silver medal.
Hockey World League Semi-Final: India need to shrug off familiar classification stage woes against Pakistan
India coach Roelant Oltmans has his work cut out. He needs to inject adrenaline into this Indian side that would still be reeling from the unexpected defeat against Malaysia.
Hockey World League Semi-Finals 2017: Twitter reacts to India's biggest victory over arch-rivals Pakistan
Here's how Twitterati reacted to the Indian hockey team's biggest victory over arch-rivals
Hockey World League Semi-Finals 2017: India record biggest ever victory against Pakistan to enter quarter-finals
It was a complete performance by India who dominated their arch-rivals throughout the match to post a facile win and zoom to the top of Pool B ahead of The Netherlands.
Super Sunday for sports fans: India, Pakistan clash in ICC CT 2017 and HWL Semi-Finals; Kidambi Srikanth in Indonesia SSP final
It's Super Sunday for sports lovers with Indians playing in badminton, cricket and hockey events. Here are all the matches you can watch today.