Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018: India Eyes First Win As They Face Australia

| March 6 , 2018 , 16:57 IST

An uphill task awaits the Indian Hockey Team as they prepare to take on formidable opponents in the shape of Australia on Tuesday. This will be their third match and are fourth in the six-team tournament.

With a loss against Argentina in the opening game and a draw against England, India will be looking to register their first win. The win has more weight as only that could make them stay afloat for contention.

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But it would be easier said than done as Australia have fielded a strong squad and are in red-hot form while the Indians have come here with an inexperienced team under the leadership of Sardar Singh. They have also won both of their first games and will be looking to maintain the same momentum.

Lackluster coupled with wastefulness has been India’s problem. With as many as nine penalty corners wasted against England, India will need more potent conversion rate or will stare down the cannon of defeat against ruthless Australia.

Skipper Sardar has to lift his game significantly and inspire the youngsters in the absence of his regular teammates. For Sardar, it is a make or break tournament. He has to deliver to be in the fray for important tournaments lined-up later this year as an ordinary outing can draw curtains on his international career, especially with the team management preferring youngsters.

Sultan Azlan Cup is the virtually the last opportunity for Sardar Singh and the youngsters to make an impression on selectors with Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 round the corner.