After a fruitful begin to the FIH Professional League that noticed India climb as much as fourth within the rankings, India will look to experience on the house momentum in opposition to defending champions Australia. India are at the moment third on the FIH Hockey Professional League 2020 factors desk with a complete of eight factors from their 4 matches, ensuing from two regular time wins, one shootout win and a loss to Belgium. In the meantime, the guests sit on the fifth place with 6 factors from their 4 matches, having gained one match in regular time, one in a shootout, misplaced one in regular time and one other one in a shootout.
Forward of the match, India head coach Graham Reid stated: “I believe now we have performed some very constant stage of hockey in our first 4 matches in opposition to the Netherlands and Belgium. We confronted two of the top-Three groups on the earth, and confirmed that we will compete on the highest stage consistently. We’re feeling actually assured forward of the matches in opposition to the No. 2 staff on the earth, and naturally they’re additionally the defending champions of the FIH Hockey Professional League.”
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) February 20, 2020
Australian Males’s Hockey Staff Chief Coach Colin Batch spoke extremely of India and the enhancements they’ve made. “I believe they’ve carried out very properly up to now in opposition to two good groups. They missed the event final yr, however they’ve managed to carry out persistently within the 4 matches, and they’ve some perception now in what they’re doing. Their confidence is rising and rising, however having stated that, we’re very assured in our personal preparations, and are wanting ahead to 2 good video games,” stated the FIH Coach of the Yr 2019 (Males).