In a breathless match at the Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium, India and England played out a thrilling 0-0 draw in Pool D of the 2023 FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup. In the end, as the cliche goes, neither team deserved to lose. At the same time, even a 1-0 win for either side wouldn’t have been seen as a harsh result.
But even in such a closely-fought match, India came off worse with Hardik Singh, arguably their best player in midfield so far, potentially out of the World Cup with a hamstring injury. Hardik went down clutching his hamstring in the fourth quarter after going on a typical slaloming run from the Indian half.
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On Sunday, Hardik picked up from where he left off against Spain in the first match and was at the heart of many an Indian attack. He come close to give India the lead in the first minute itself before forcing player of the match Ollie Payne to make a crucial save in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, he went on one of his dazzling runs from…