"He reminded us about the strategic planning we had made ahead of the match against Scotland and asked us to execute it and not think of the misses we had in the first two quarters", the skipper said about the animated dressing room talk.
India should treat this game as a warm-up event for other bigger matches against Pakistan and the Netherlands, which are expected to be India's biggest test.
Akash Chikte, Vikas Dahiya, Pardeep Mor, Kothajit Singh, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Jasjit Singh Kular, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (vice-captain), Satbir Singh, Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh ( captain), Harjeet Singh, Sumit, Ramandeep Singh, SV Sunil, Talwinder Singh, Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh.
We knew we didnt start well.
The top four teams at the tournament will secure their places at the Hockey World League Final, but it will depend on India's performance. "I am not aggressive, from my point of view, the key is to improve and I asked them to change a few things and they did", Oltmans said after the match.
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But Roelant Oltmans' men will have to guard against complacency as a lowly Scotland gave India a run for their money at least in the opening two quarters.
Canada face Pakistan in their opener at 10.30 PM IST on Friday and will face India the very next day at 6.30 PM IST.
Although Manpreet tried to downplay the hype surrounding the Pakistan encounter, he said the team would put their best foot forward. India also won the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup match against Pakistan by a convincing 5-1 margin. The idea will be to stick to the plans the coach draws up before the match against both Canada and Pakistan.
Seven teams go through to the finals in Bhubaneshwar to join hosts India in December.
"We have analysed all the 38 players who were at the national Camp since May 24, and Hockey India's selection committee has further pruned down the core probables to 33 who will carry on their training".
This is published unedited from the ANI feed.