Monday, March 01, 2010By Sundeep Misra on

The thinking of the coach was visible on the pitch. It was a mind uncluttered; a thought process that had layers of disciplined structures.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009By Sundeep Misra on
The signs were obvious in Ipoh when India won the Sultan Azlan Shah Tournament. A stuttering midfield combined with a misfiring forward line was giving away enough space for a tactically sound team to surprise the Indians. Even when India led 2-0 in the first half, the midfield was still not coming together to rally and ensure that the Chinese were stretched on the flanks; their Achilles heel.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009By Sundeep Misra on
The battle of penalty corner conversions was won by Pakistan’s come-back man Sohail Abbas as he ensured a thrilling 3-2 win for Pakistan after rains had almost derailed the crucial Asia Cup tie.

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Saturday, May 02, 2009By Sundeep Misra on

Finally, the turtles at the Sports Ministry decided to move things a little faster. Spanish hockey coach Jose Brasa's phone rang telling him that he had been appointed the Indian hockey coach from this month's Asia Cup in Malaysia. Brasa has been appointed till the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009By Sundeep Misra on

India Lift Azlan Shah Cup

Displaying amazing flair and superb ball skills, India pulled off a brilliant 3-1 victory over hosts Malaysia to clinch the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament here in Ipoh. It was India’s fourth Azlan Shah victory. The earlier wins had come in 1985, 91 and 95.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009By Sundeep Misra on

New Zealand held off a fighting Pakistan side to clinch an exciting 2-1 victory and claim the third spot in the 18th Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey tournament here on Sunday in Ipoh.

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Saturday, April 11, 2009By Sundeep Misra on

Hosts Malaysia played out a fighting 1-1 draw against New Zealand to enter their third Sultan Azlan Shah final here in Ipoh. Malaysia will now meet India in the final on Sunday.

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Saturday, April 11, 2009By Sundeep Misra on

India 2 Pakistan 1

Flair and precision were sacrificed on the altar of robustness and experimentation. But it was India who managed to find a winner in Sandeep Singh who flicked India into the final beating Pakistan 2-1 here in the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament in Ipoh. It was India’s fifth entry into the Azlan final.

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Thursday, April 09, 2009By Sundeep Misra on

Going by the results of some of the recent matches played between India and New Zealand, an Indian victory seemed to be the most obvious result, when the two teams faced each other for their third match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey tournament. India had got the better of the Black Sticks in four of the last six matches played. The remaining two had ended in a stalemate.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009By Sundeep Misra on
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.

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