India captain Harmanpreet Singh on Thursday admitted they had been under par and will have accomplished a lot better as the house staff didn’t high their pool after beating Wales 4-2 and attain the quarter-finals of the FIH Men’s World Cup. instantly certified for
India can nonetheless qualify for the quarterfinals in the event that they beat New Zealand of their crossover match on Sunday.
“We should not glad with this win. It was not our greatest efficiency and we might have accomplished higher.
Needing a win by an eight-goal margin to qualify instantly for the quarter-finals, India didn’t reside as much as expectations as they completed second behind England in Pool D.
India and England each gained two matches and drew one to finish their group encounters with seven factors every however the European staff topped Pool D on the idea of higher objective distinction.
England, who beat Spain 4-0 within the first Pool D match right here, have a greater objective distinction of plus 9 to India’s 4.
When two groups are on the identical variety of factors and have gained the identical variety of matches, the rating is determined by objective distinction.
He mentioned, ‘We created possibilities however we couldn’t rating many targets. We are hopeful of a greater efficiency in opposition to New Zealand.
Head coach Graham Reid bemoaned the shortage of ending by the forwards, which continued from the drawn match in opposition to England on 15 January.
We performed properly in patches and Wales defended properly. They (Wales) are an excellent staff and in case you give them an opportunity, they’ll rating. England additionally made our job troublesome.
“I believed we nonetheless created quite a lot of possibilities however the ending was nonetheless missing which was essentially the most disappointing half. Wales defended properly. It’s not straightforward to get the gold medal on this World Cup and each staff is completely different. The Australian mentioned New Zealand won’t be a straightforward opponent within the crossover match as India came upon in two FIH Pro League matches right here final 12 months.
“The first match (of the Pro League) was robust whereas the second was a bit simpler. New Zealand won’t be a straightforward opponent.
India had defeated New Zealand 4-3 and 7-4 in upset video games respectively within the first matches of the Pro League on October 28 and November 4 final 12 months.
On Hardik Singh, who missed Thursday’s match as a result of a hamstring damage, Reid mentioned, “We will decide on January 21 whether he will stay or not.” He is enhancing day-to-day so fingers crossed.
But in the present day being wanting one participant was not a problem, we performed with 16 gamers in Tokyo Olympics.
With inputs from TheIndianEXPRESS