Indian men’s hockey team (Photo Credit: @TheHockeyIndia)
After a fruitful start to the FIH Pro League that saw India climb up to fourth in the rankings, India will look to ride on the home momentum against defending champions Australia. India are currently third on the FIH Hockey Pro League 2020 points table with a total of 8 points from their four matches, resulting from two normal time wins, one shootout win and a loss to Belgium. Meanwhile, the visitors sit on the fifth position with 6 points from their four matches, having won one match in normal time, one in a shootout, lost one in normal time and another one in a shootout.
Ahead of the match, India head coach Graham Reid said: “I think we have played some very consistent level of hockey in our first four matches against the Netherlands and Belgium. We faced two of the top-3 teams in the world, and showed that we can compete at the highest level constantly. We are feeling really confident ahead of the matches against the No. 2 team in the world, and of course they are also the defending champions of the FIH Hockey Pro League.”
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Australian Men’s Hockey Team Chief Coach Colin Batch spoke highly of India and the improvements they have made. “I think they have performed very well so far against two good teams. They missed the tournament last year, but they have managed to perform consistently in the four matches, and they have got some belief now in what they’re doing. Their confidence is growing and growing, but having said that, we are very confident in our own preparations, and are looking forward to two good games,” said the FIH Coach of the Year 2019 (Men).