India Search Huge Win In opposition to Wales To Qualify Straight For World Cup Quarter-Finals | Hockey Information



An unbeaten India will search to deal with their penalty-corner woes to put up an enormous win in opposition to bottom-placed debutants Wales of their ultimate pool match and qualify instantly for the quarter-finals of the FIH Males’s Hockey World Cup on Thursday. India and England are on 4 factors every after two matches with the latter forward on objective distinction — plus 5 as in opposition to the hosts’ plus three. India, although, can have the benefit of realizing what to do earlier than their match as they play after England’s recreation in opposition to Spain on Thursday.

If England lose or draw in opposition to Spain, there will likely be no headache for India as they simply must beat Wales by any margin to high Pool D — thought-about the group of demise — and qualify instantly for the quarter-finals.

If England beat Spain, then India might want to defeat Wales by a minimum of 5 objectives. The variety of objectives India want to attain will carry on rising relying on England’s victory margin.

If two groups are on equal factors and have the identical variety of wins, the rankings within the pool stage are selected the premise of objective distinction.

In any case, India is not going to be knocked out of the match as they may end second in the event that they beat Wales — a process they’re anticipated to perform. If India end second in Pool D, they may play the third-place crew in Pool C, which might be both New Zealand or Malaysia within the ‘crossover’ spherical.

India had overwhelmed Spain 2-0 earlier than drawing England 0-0, each matches performed on the new Birsa Munda Stadium in Rourkela. They will play on the Kalinga Stadium for the primary time on this World Cup.

The successful crew in every of the 4 swimming pools qualifies instantly for the quarter-finals. The second and third-placed finishers in every pool will function in crossover matches. A second-place finisher of a pool will play a third-place facet of one other pool and the successful crew will face a pool topper within the quarter-finals.

If India high Pool D and qualify instantly for the quarter-finals, they may play one match much less and that will hold them contemporary for the last-eight stage.

“If we top our pool, we will play one match less and that will be good for us. We will try to play our best and play our normal game and execute our plans,” stated midfielder Manpreet Singh, who had led India to a historic bronze on the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

The primary concern for India is their price of penalty-corner conversion. They’ve 9 penalty corners up to now however haven’t scored even as soon as from them instantly, although Amit Rohidas discovered the goal in opposition to Spain after captain Harmanpreet Singh’s drag-flick rebounded off an opponent’s stick.

Drag-flicker Harmanpreet has been the nation’s high scorer in nearly all tournaments in latest instances, together with the historic bronze-winning marketing campaign within the Tokyo Olympics, however he has been struggling to search out the goal on this showpiece occasion.

It will likely be simpler for India to win by an enormous margin if Harmanpreet begins firing as his facet is predicted to get penalty corners in loads in opposition to Wales.

“I hope to start scoring goals from penalty corners in the next match,” Harmanpreet had stated after the England match.

India may also must convert area possibilities as they missed a number of scoring alternatives in opposition to England.

“Missed opportunities and we next (against Wales) have to try and do better inside the opposition circle,” head coach Graham Reid stated.

India have been additionally dealt a blow after midfielder Hardik Singh injured his hamstring in the direction of the tip of the England match. He will likely be an unlikely starter in Thursday’s match in opposition to Wales, although he’s anticipated to get better in time for the quarter-final or the crossover stage.

Little question, Hardik will likely be missed however his absence is unlikely to have an effect on India’s possibilities in opposition to Wales, ranked 14th on the earth as in opposition to the hosts’ fifth as per the most recent rankings. The likes of Vivek Sagar Prasad can fill in for Hardik.

Wales, then again, will likely be taking part in for delight as they’ve just about no likelihood of progressing to the subsequent stage following two heavy losses in opposition to England (0-5) and Spain (1-5).

Even when they beat India, which is extremely unlikely, and Spain defeat England, Wales won’t make it to the crossovers as they’ve a objective distinction of minus 9.

The Squads (From): India: Abhishek, Surender Kumar, Manpreet Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh, Mandeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh (captain), Lalit Upadhyay, Krishan Pathak, Nilam Sanjeep Xess, PR Sreejesh, Nilakanta Sharma, Shamsher Singh, Varun Kumar, Akashdeep Singh, Amit Rohidas (vice-captain), Vivek Sagar Prasad, Sukhjeet Singh.

Wales: Rupert Shipperley (captain), Toby Reynolds-Cotterill, Rhys Payne, Gareth Furlong, Daniel Kyriakides, Hywel Jones, Ioan Wall, Steve Kelly, Lewis Prosser, Dale Hutchinson, Jacob Draper, Gareth Griffiths, Rhys Bradshaw, Fred Newbold, Ben Francis, Luke Hawker, James Carson, Jack Pritchard.

Match Begins at 7pm IST.

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