We will write our own script: Haren­dra

The Hitavada - - SPORTS -

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.

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