For a journey that began on February 8, it all comes down to these next two matches in the FIH Pro League for the Indian men’s team. India is currently third in the standings, just two points adrift of leaders Belgium and second-placed Netherlands – who have played two games fewer than the other top three teams.
Mathematically, there’s a slim chance for the Indians to somehow win the title. But when they face the Dutch for the double-header in Rotterdam this weekend, the visitors are looking to give themselves every chance of taking the lead.
“We don’t have much options. There’s not much difference between us, Netherlands, Belgium. It’ll be good to win these next two matches, but Netherlands still has four matches, Belgium still has two matches, they’re playing England,” said vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh during a pre-match press conference.
“Our aim will to be do well in these two matches, win them. Then it depends on what happens with the other teams. We can only win our matches.”
Winning the title this season is not in their hands, but this will be the best result in the tournament as far as the Indians are concerned. They did not compete in the inaugural edition, then finished fourth…