Poland aren’t considered among the top hockey-playing nations from Europe – they first featured in the Junior World Cup in the 2005 edition at Rotterdam – their best-ever performance was a 10th place finish at the 2009 edition held in Johor Bahru and Singapore.
The senior Poland team have troubled India in major tournaments – remember the 1986 World Cup where our senior team had lost by a solitary goal – the Poles had scuttled India’s semifinal hopes at the 2000 Sydney Olympics playing out a draw when a need was most needed for a last-four berth.
India have played Poland twice in the Junior World Cup and won on both occasions. India first met Poland at Rotterdam in the 2005 edition, where they won 3-2. India won their second face-off against Poland 4-2 in the 2009 edition.
India after narrowly losing 4-5 to France and following their massive win for Canada will be expected to have smooth sailing against Poland.