It has been a brilliant 2014 for the Indian men’s hockey team as they have put up some wonderful performances throughout the year. A silver medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, a Gold at the Asian games in Incheon and a sublime 3-1 series victory against Australia last month. The team lead by Sardar Singh is looking to clinch their maiden Champions Trophy title as the tournament gets underway on Saturday at the Kalinga stadium in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa.
India’s best performance at the multi-nation tournament is a 3rd place finish in the 1982 edition and the last time an Asian team won was 20 years ago when Pakistan beat Germany 7-6 on penalties in 1994. This year is India’s best chance as they have been in top form and playing in front of the home crowd will be a major positive for the men in blue.
Oltmans To Perform Coaching Duties:
On the management side, things haven’t been for Hockey India as coach Terry Walsh has resigned due to certain issues with the governing body. In his absence, Roelant Oltmans who is Hockey India’s high performance director, will take the reins. The Dutchman is familiar with the job as he was India’s coach for a short period of time during the 2013 Asia Cup.
India Placed In Tough group:
The hosts are placed in Pool B, along with defending champions Germany, world #2 the Netherlands and Argentina. Pool A comprises of Australia, Pakistan, Belgium and England.
The core of the team remains the same while a few new names were added during the tour of Australia. Mostly a young side where Sardar Singh the skipper, is the oldest player (26 years), the Indians look in great shape.
Here’s the team:
Here’s wishing the Indian Hockey Team all the luck for the Champions Trophy, be sure to check Sports Rediscovered for all the updates from the tournament.