Hockey World League Final 2017: India need to fix gaping holes in defence and midfield despite bronze
With a bronze around their necks, feet on the podium where a year later they would play the World Cup, India need to eradicate weaknesses and look out for the rapiers the others are already sharpening.
Hockey World League Final 2017: India coach Sjoerd Marijne lauds injury-hit Germany for spirited display
India reclaimed the bronze medal at HWL Final after eking out a narrow 2-1 win over a depleted but spirited Germany in the third-fourth place classification match on Sunday.
Until we come out of this plausible deniability, like De, the Maharani of Muck, we shall forever limit ourselves to taking juvenile potshots at the athletes themselves who deserve our unflinching backing and respect for earning the right to even take a selfie at Olympics.
Reigning double Olympic champions Germany scored seconds from the final hooter to steal a 2-1 win agianst India in a thrilling Pool B match of the Rio Olympics 2016.
The Indian hockey team will be eyeing a podium finish in the Champions Trophy, beginning with a clash against Olympic gold-medallists Germany in London.
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.