Hockey Perspectives

5 Reasons Why India Should Feel Bullish About Going Beyond the Quarterfinals in the 12th Junior World Cup

  • Indian forwardline has looked in menacing form – defence of any team (including Belgium our quarterfinla opponents) would find it hard to bottle up our talented strikers – the quarter of Uttam Singh, Maninder Singh, Sudeep Chirmako and Araijeet Singh Hundol are highly unrelenting and can punish any defence
  • India enjoys a luxury of having 3 top-notch drag-flickers – Sanjay, Araijeet Singh Hundol and Shardanand Tiwari – the good thing is if one of them is out of th pitch owing to the rolling substitute the other two can do the PC converting job for India
  • Skipper Vivek Sagar Prasad is showing all the skills of leading from the front – his sublime skills in setting up one of the goals vs Poland is an indicator of what he is capable – with  an in-form captain in a big-ticket event augurs well for the Blueshirts
  • The individual brilliance of guys like Maninder Singh, Uttam Singh and Araijeet Singh Hundol are a big factor in India’s current red-hot form after the opening match blues – they can not just contribute upfront and can man the midfield and fall back in defence, if needed skillfully
  • Midfield has been India’s forte so far. With skipper Vivek Sagar Prasad spearheading the midfield duties and in form and being provided able support by the likes of Gurmukh Singh, Yashdeep Siwach and Vishnu Kant Singh, India wear a confident look in the midfield