Our boys displayed extraordinary skill, match temperament and determination in the last ten minutes against a strong England squad in the thrilling semifinal on Tuesday.
Defender Sardara Singh, a wall against Pakistan in the crucial pool match, was in his elements against England as we stormed into the final. On the basis of the goal-bearing moves engineered by our forwards, fully supported by the midfielders and defenders, we should have wrapped up the issue in regulation period itself.
With a full house demanding goals at regular intervals and cheering their every move, we staged a magnificent rally after trailing 1-3, which England might have thought was a safe margin. However, our players shattered their aspirations by bouncing back in majestic style.
The crowd roared in jubilation as India emerged winners by an 8-7 margin in the tie-breaker. Well-earned victories against Pakistan and England in succession have energized our players to be prepared for the summit clash against Australia, winners in 1998, 2002 and 2006, on Thursday. It will be a now-or-never for us.
Australia are undoubtedly the best team in the fray. We lost to them 2-5 in the league phase but our players not only matched Ric Charlesworth’s boys in the last five minutes but also proved that we are capable of upsetting any team.
Against the Kookaburras, we have two advantages. With another expected full house, it will be a big factor to motivate our players. The second advantage is the weather as the final is slated at 11 am. I am confident our players will capitalize on these opportunities. Trust me, they can do it.