Indians face formidable Australians in Azlan Shah

Indians face formidable Australians in Azlan Shah

Ahead of the next round-robin league outing, chief coach Harendra Singh has told his players to focus on the team’s game plan and structure of their play.

Aware that the drubbing in the Commonwealth Games final may be playing on the minds of his players, Harendra said his boys should try and keep that 8-1 score-line away from their thoughts.

“That match is history now. It is something that happened in the past. We must move on and try writing a new chapter here,” the coach, said asking the youngsters to emulate rookie drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh’s brilliant show against Great Britain.

The victory over Britain has lifted the sagging spirits in the team after the dejection of squandering a two-goal advantage against South Korea on the opening day.

India defeated Britian 3-1 on Friday after suffering a 2-3 defeat at the hands of a young Korean team on Thursday.

Britian have brought a near full-strength team to fine-tune the squad for the London Olympic Games, while India are without several leading players and are starting their preparations for the Olympic qualifiers which will be held in New Delhi, in December.