Johor Bahru, Malaysia, 17 October 2014: After winning two back-to-back matches with huge margins, the Indian Junior Men Team will now lock-horns with their strongest opponents Australia in their fifth and last league match of the 4th Sultan of Johor Cup 2014 on 18 October 2014, to be played at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Losing just to Great Britain, the India U-21 team have been showing a remarkable performance in the last two league matches against Pakistan and Malaysia where they thumped down the former 6-0 and outplayed the later 4-2. Facing Australia in the last league match, Indian defenders Harmanpreet Singh and Varun Kumar will play key roles in tomorrow’s match. Both Harmanpreet and Varun not only displayed their fast responsive attacks, but also showcased acute penalty conversion skills in recent matches, which helped Team India to score goals in first few minutes of the matches. Harmanpreet’s hat-trick against host Malaysia will surely be a motivational factor for the team against Australia.
Also showcasing great capabilities in the last outings, forwards Parvinder Singh and Armaan Qureshi kept creating opportunities with their attacking moves through-out the matches, which helped their team to maintain pressure on the opponents. In tomorrow’s match, both Parvinder and Armaan will look at being more aggressive and continue their good play. Also, midfielder and Captain Harjeet Singh’s skills and experience will play an important role, who successfully helped his team to maintain good ball possession and create maximum chances for their forwards to score goals.
Commenting on tomorrow’s match against Australia, Coach Mr. Harendra Singh said, “Till now, we have successfully implemented strategies on the field and materialized maximum opportunities into goals. Australia is a tough team and it’s not easy to sneak into their den, but the best part is our boys are in great form and they have showed their metal in the previous matches. Tomorrow’s game will be more tactful and we know how we want to tackle the Aussies. As a single unit, we are very much confident and looking forward to tomorrow’s match.”
The match will be telecasted live on Star Sports 1 at 13:35 hrs (IST).