India is known for playing hockey from a very long time, but when it comes to World Cup, they have only one trophy in their kitty as of now. This drought of trophies was expected to get over in 2018 edition, but once again the dream failed in the quarterfinals.
Although, India lost in the knock out stage of the tournament but the team looked more promising and can be expected to improve in future.
Here comes the report of India’s Hockey
India started the tournament in Pool C with teams like Belgium, Canada and South Africa. In the year 2014, Indian team had a horrible run in the group stage itself. But this time there was a big turnaround and they emerged as group topper.
India’s dominant show in the entire tournament is evident from the no. of goals scored and conceded in the entire tournament. They scored two important goals against Belgium as well who ended up being the champions.
In the next section we will see the individual quarter-wise to learn how India set up against opposition and where they could have done better.
India’s performance can be understood on the basis of each quarter. With in depth detailing of all the quarters we can get to a proper conclusion of overall performance.
Excellent passing accuracy
In every quarter, team India has passing more than 60% accurate which is a great number in a major tournament like World Cup. This helped the team to stay attacking and get more goal scoring opportunities.
More possession and circle entries
This is one of the great aspects in Indian hockey this World Cup to get more circle entries which tested the defence of the opposition and apart from that held on to possession in all the four quarters.
Complacency in Quarter 2
Indian team lacked the aggression in 2nd quarter of the match. This is the part of the game where team failed to score a goal and conceded goal. In critical games, this quarter was turning point for the team.
Lack of goal conversion
India has put 10 shots in an average in every quarter but apart from the 4th quarter, the goal conversions are very less. It means the team has to focus on more precision.
These are the few changes that can help improve and get major trophies for the Indian team in future.