India Suffers Fifth Consecutive Defeat to Australia in Hockey Test Series

India Suffers Fifth Consecutive Defeat to Australia in Hockey Test Series

India's hockey team, led by Harmanpreet Singh, faced a disappointing 5-0 defeat against Australia in the fifth and final match of their bilateral test series at the Perth Hockey Stadium. Despite taking an early lead through their captain, India succumbed to a fifth consecutive loss, extending Australia's dominance over them.

The Kookaburras, known for their aggressive style of play, imposed a high press on India, forcing them into errors and earning numerous penalty corners. Jeremy Hayward, Ky Willott, and Tim Brand scored for Australia, while Boby Singh Dhami netted India's only other goal.

India's defense, which had been a concern throughout the series, struggled to contain Australia's relentless attacks. Former India skipper Viren Rasquinha pointed out that the team's deep defensive line allowed Australia to earn more penalty corners.

Despite the disappointing result, India's goalkeepers, PR Sreejesh and Krishan Bahadur Pathak, displayed impressive form, thwarting several Aussie attacks. Drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh also delivered, scoring three goals in the series.

However, India's strikers failed to exert sufficient pressure while in possession, allowing Australia to regain the ball and launch rapid counterattacks. The team's lack of experience and frequent changes in combination due to a large squad also contributed to the poor results.

The 0-5 rout raises questions about India's mental resilience ahead of their crucial match against Australia at the Paris Olympics on August 2. However, former Belgium coach Shane McLeod believes that India can overcome this setback if they secure a victory over Australia at the Olympics.

Tags: #Hockey, #India, #Australia, #HarmanpreetSingh, #PR

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