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India's men's hockey team moves from excellent to average in draw with England

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Monday’s 60 minutes against England showed just how flashy and ridiculous Indian hockey can be.
In their first 30 games, the Olympic bronze medalists could do no wrong against England. They pressed high, ran into space, played with cheeky balls, captivated with their 3D skills, and scored goals.

India was flying In the next 30 they played like a different team. They fielded deep, second only to most of the ball, unable to find a suitable pass, lost skill and conceded a goal. Crash landing in India.

A very entertaining Pool B match at Birmingham’s University Hockey Ground ended in a 4-4 draw. For India, however, it would feel like a defeat at half-time as he allowed England to fight back after leading 3-0.

It would have been funny to be a fly in the Indian locker room after the game. For India, often polite to mistakes, has repeated the same mistakes that Graham Reed has emphasized for quite some time, especially post-Tokyo. To run.

They weren’t like this when the match started. Both teams were eager to win the draw to avoid facing Australia, who have won all of the CWG’s gold medals, but it was India who burst out of the block. Considering Reed admitted many times during his professional league at FIH that he hoped his team would “start the match well”, he would have been happy with that.

Playing all over England, India took a 3-0 lead and Lalit Upadhyay opened the scoring after rebounding from a penalty corner. Mandeep Singh, who came from a strong Tomahawk in the first and after receiving a pleasant through ball in the second, had a little luck and tried to play square into the mouth of the goal, but instead went past the goalkeeper. England player.

At that stage, India appeared to be firmly in control. Their style of play, not just scoring goals, but fluency and speed in high-press plays and counter-attacks, gave the impression that this team had risen to another level.

But after the half-time break, something burst. Adventurous and aggressive, India shifted to a conservative mode, but it didn’t do as much harm as the disruption of discipline.

Players were unnecessarily involved in verbal and slightly physical duels with their opponents.

In this way, England began to get under the skin of their Indian players and take advantage of it.
India received 3 yellow cards. Varun Kumar was sent to Singbin twice in the 19th minute she had 5 minutes and in 43rd she had 10 minutes. Gurjant had him sent off on the 51st and India had 10 men.

The timing of the cards and their consequences had a direct impact on the outcome. His second yellow for Varun came just after Liam’s Ansell gave his one back for England in his 3–1 draw. While the Indian defender sat on the sideline and endangered his team, Herman Pleet his Singh converted a penalty his corner and he regained a three-goal cushion. However, England made the most of their man advantage as Nicholas Bandirak won 4–2 in the 47th minute and Phil Roper cut the deficit to just one goal three minutes later with a spectacular solo goal. did.

Like Varun, Gurjant’s yellow card was also shown a minute after Roper’s goal. With India reduced to nine men, England were sharp enough to make the most of it, with Bandurak scoring a second to complete England’s comeback and level the score.

They still have a chance to finish first in the group, so it’s not a devastating result. But given the way they played the first half, it would be strange for India to leave in relief after holding out for a draw.