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.
India ace striker SV Sunil feels their win against defending champion Netherlands will work like a 'tonic' for Indian Hockey, but also added that team will have to work really hard to clinch a medal at Rio de Janeiro Olympics next year.
World champions Australia lived up to their reputation as they bested Belgium 2-1 in the final to become the champions of the Hero Hockey World League (HWL) Final.
India's chief coach Roelant Oltmans is a "proud" man after his side stunned Great Britain 2-1 to enter the semifinals of Hockey World League (HWL) Final
World No. 6 India came into the match as underdogs having finished last in Pool B with just one point. Great Britain, on the other hand, were touted as favourites as they topped Pool A with two wins and a draw.
India's chief coach Roelant Oltmans is a "proud" man after his side stunned Great Britain 2-1 to enter the semifinals of Hockey World League (HWL) Final in Raipur on Thursday and the Dutchman feels it's time for the eight-time Olympic champions to win a medal in a major tournament.
India will face Great Britain in the quarterfinals in Raipur on Thursday after the British drew 3-3 with Belgium to top Pool A in the Hockey World League (HWL) Final at the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Stadium, in Raipur on Tuesday.
Insisting that they lacked in structure and organisation against Netherlands, India chief coach Roelant Oltmans on Monday lamented his players' inability to deliver the final ball which according to him was costing his side dearly against top teams.
Although India were by far the better side on display today, it was the Germans, who struck first in the sixth minute through a field goal from Niklas Wellen.
Roelant Oltmans was fuming after a lacklustre India lost 0-3 to Argentina in the opening match of the Hockey World League (HWL) Final, prompting the Dutchman to say he doesn't want to witness a repeat of such a "below-par" showing from his wards in the rest of the tournament.
India dished out a lacklustre performance to go down 0-3 to Argentina in the opening match of the Hockey World League (HWL) Final in front of a packed Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium in Raipur on Friday.
Paul van Ass is no longer the coach of the Indian National Hockey team
If committee thinks van Ass is good coach, I will go to Netherlands to bring him back says HI chief Batra
Paul Van Ass claimed today that he was sacked by Hockey India (SAI and Batra have claimed otherwise -- so this is still a subject of some debate).
Having all but booked a berth in next year's Rio Olympics, Indian women's hockey team today arrived here early morning to a grand welcome amidst beating of drums and loud cheers.
After suffering a 1-5 loss to Great Britain, India captain Sardar Singh on Sunday said his team needs to organise its defence better if it has to be ranked among the top international sides.
Custodian Savita emerged a saviour by blocking half-a-dozen goal-bearing chances as India enhanced their Olympic qualification by finishing fifth in HWL
"Perhaps, the nerves played a role in those soft goals," Sardar said.
After being denied by a ball bouncing back into play off the crossbar, Australia opened the scoring in the 27th minute through a penalty corner goal from Blake Govers.
Once a powerhouse of the sport, Pakistan men's hockey team slumped to a new low as it failed to qualify for next year's Rio Olympics after suffering a shocking 0-1 defeat to Ireland