Well, we have a history against the Polish. Rewind back to the 2000 Sydney Olympics and needing a win against Poland to advance to the Olympics semi-finals, we drew and crashed out of the competition. There was a certain Dhanraj Pillay in that unlucky team.
Yesterday, against the Egyptians, there was a Polish element in the form of their coach Jerzy Wybieralski. And in the Indian team, there was Dhanraj Pillay too as technical manager.
Jerzy Wybieralski, a Polish national, was ecstatic about the draw and felt that they deserved it.
“It is good result for Egypt and I think this is the first time in history we have managed it. There is no question that there was an element of luck in the draw but you need that at this level.
“It was an all round effort from the players and we made better use of the chances,” he said.
But 40 seconds before the hooter went off the Egyptians earned their second penalty corner of the match and Amr El Saied scored to take a precious point from the match.
India’s coach Harender Singh said his players performed well below par. It wasn't anything surprising. India have always been slow starters in tournaments. The problem area is the defence when they give away a soft goal in the last seconds. Now that would weigh heavy on the team.
“You do not expect to win matches with this kind of performance. I do not have any answers now but we will evaluate the performances later when we get back to the hotel.
“You would expect one or two players to be off-form but not the team to play at this level. It is a worry for me that we came off second best today and letting victory slip through over fingers with 40 seconds on the clock,” he said.
India play hosts Malaysia in their next match which should be a tight affair. Malaysia at home are a pretty decent side and are quick on the counter. It's the defence that would be under the spotlight for the Indians. Maybe, in the day off that the Indians have a little bit of introspection would held in forging a victory.