"There is lot of time to go for the World Cup and we are showing improvement. If we keep the pace we have a fair chance to win the World Cup. We are moving forward step by step" - Indian coach, Harendra Singh
Apr 8

Written by: Sundeep Misra
Wednesday, April 08, 2009 

India 3 Malaysia 0

Coach Harendra Singh's pep talk did help as India cut through the Malaysian defence to post a morale-boosting 3-0 win here at the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament. 

After the depressing 2-2 draw with lowly Egypt, India had their task cut out and only a win against the hosts would have kept their hopes of reaching the finals alive.

Malaysia, on the other hand, was on a roll. They beat Egypt and also Pakistan raising the hopes of the hockey community that a victory against India was a formality.

India had other ideas. They broke ranks to score through a penalty corner in the 19th minute which Arjun Halappa converted. Sandeep Singh swung into action in the 31st minute when a penalty corner push crashed into the netting. At the break, India led 2-0. Malaysia needed answers fast in the second half.

To India’s credit, the defence, that had come in for a fair amount of criticism, played well. They managed the zones well and their anticipation was top class as the Malaysian forwards dangerous on the counter-attack couldn’t really beat Dilip Tirkey and his men.
India also dominated the midfield and could have improved the tally of three goals if a few chances wouldn’t have been wasted.

Gurvinder Singh Chandi, however, put the issue beyond doubt when he scored in the 62nd minute. Malaysia did try and raise the tempo but the drooping shoulders told another story.

India now play New Zealand in their next match on Thursday and a win could take them to the final with a match against Pakistan in hand



10 comment(s) so far...

Re: India blank Malaysia 3-0

Well done India.
India has all the potential.
It is confidence which is lacking most of the time.
They have always flown the Indian flag with pride in Malaysia.

By ramendra on   Thursday, April 09, 2009

Re: India blank Malaysia 3-0

Good victory for india.If they play like today,they will win the cup.Good luck to team India.

By raj on   Thursday, April 09, 2009

Re: India blank Malaysia 3-0

Great going.
Indians can play there brand of aggressive hockey without worrying about the result.

By abhishek on   Saturday, April 11, 2009

Re: India blank Malaysia 3-0

Relieved at last!!! I was a bundle of nerves until i saw the results, as i could not watch the match live. This proves that the Indian team has it in it, to beat any team. It is not very easy to beat a team which is in tremendous form in its own backyard. Kudos to the indian team. I am really looking forward to such results. It is good to see atleast some people taking time out to write something about our national game. Guys we should try to get in more people here. I am sure if hockey gets half the encouragement cricket gets in this country, we have the potential to be the number 1 team in the world in 3 years time. I think the coach is doing a good job. We should give him time as he has taken over a team which was battered, bruised and low on morale. Overtime, I am sure he will be able to bring back the confidence which was lacking in the team. The Ad-hoc commitee too is doing a good job i believe. Atleast they have the will and vision to bring back the glorious days of Indian hockey. Keep going guys!! I am a proud Indian hockey fan today.

By thimmaiah on   Saturday, April 11, 2009

Re: India blank Malaysia 3-0

Great show. Keep it up boys. The whole country is behind you. Let's bring hockey back to popularity in India.

By Glenn Selwyn on   Saturday, April 11, 2009

Re: India blank Malaysia 3-0

It is good to see that Indian Hockey team is doing well in an International tournament. But the game was not up to mark to meet the giants of hockey Holland, Australia or Germany. It is time now for the think tank of Indian Hockey to go to the states and see the functions of state associations, who are completely failed to provide the good talents for the game, which are their prime duty and responsibility.

By Md. Danish Heyat Khan on   Saturday, April 11, 2009

Re: India blank Malaysia 3-0

Congrats India..I hope India will get gold in the tournament

By Narendra on   Saturday, April 11, 2009

Re: India blank Malaysia 3-0

Great Moral boosting Victory.....Kudos Team India :)

By vikram on   Saturday, April 11, 2009

Re: India blank Malaysia 3-0

very well india keep it up we will win the cup.

By sanjay chauhan on   Saturday, April 11, 2009

Re: India blank Malaysia 3-0

If we keep our nerve, we can win the Cup. We have to learn to keep ball possession for the last ten minutes of the game. Keep the ball out of the circle, indulge in midfield play and in stray attacks possibly forcing a penalty corner. Waste time. Keep cool. Don't get nervous.

I am writing this before the Pakistan match. I feel India and New Zealand will play the final and we will win the Cup. Fingers crossed!!

Jai Hind

By Rajendar Menen on   Saturday, April 11, 2009

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