Indian Hockey’s High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans on Tuesday said India needs to put up a “confident and consistent” performance to secure one of the three automatic World Cup berths up for grabs in the FIH World League Round 3.
“The men’s competition is really very tough but the players should be confident about their own abilities. And if we can show that confidence in a consistent basis, there is no reason why we shouldn’t qualify from here,” Oltmans told reporters in Delhi.
“I can assure you that we will fight our hearts out to be among the 3 top teams,” he added.
Three teams each will qualify directly for next year’s World Cup from the two World League Round 3 (semifinal) events. They will be joined by five continental champions and the host nation.
“Our focus should be to qualify directly either through World League Round 3 or Asia Cup,” Oltmans insisted.
Oltmans said the Rotterdam-bound Indian team is a fine mixture of youth and experience.
“In Akashdeep Singh and Mandeep Singh, we have some promising youngsters in our forward line while Shivendra (Singh) will lend experience to them,” he said.
“We also have best penalty corner specialists in the world in Sandeep (Singh), V.R. Raghunath and Rupinderpal Singh.”