We will write our own script: Harendra
DETERMINED to keep a clean slate against Canada, coach Harendra Singh said Friday India will look to writing their own script and progress in the men’s hockey World Cup without depending on other results. With one win and a draw, India are currently placed on top of Pool C ahead of Belgium on account of better goal (+4) average than the Olympic silver medallist.
While India will play Canada in their last pool engagement Saturday, Belgium will be up against South Africa.
The top team from each of the four pools will qualify directly for the quarter-finals while the second and third-placed sides will play the cross-overs for a spot in the last eight.
“We interpret a picture as we see it. Our target is to top the pool irrespective of the result of Belgium versus South Africa game. Our fate is in our own hands,” Harendra said on the eve of the game. “We are still on the second floor, they (Canada) are in the basement (in terms of position in the pool and goal difference). Let them come up to our level, then we will see. Our goal average is a lot better. “We expect two things. One, I need to finish on top. The other, I want a clean sheet and no goals scored against India,” he added. Harendra said India have devised a different style of play for Canada and they will try to adopt that in Saturday’s game.