Drag-flix and chill: India thrashes Canada 13-1 in the Youth World Cup

Drag-flix and chill: India thrashes Canada 13-1 in the Youth World Cup

You allow the ball to fly into the net. The other generates so much rhythm that the ball passes over the goalkeeper in mid-flight. And the third allows you to kiss the surface and hit the board.

Three specialists in set-piece, three different styles, same result.

If the Youth World Cup is a glimpse into the future, then India’s penalty corner routines appear to be in good hands going forward. In Araijeet Singh Hundal, Sanjay Kumar and Sharda Nand Tiwari, the youth team has three short corner shooters, with Abhishek Lakra being the fourth option.

Seven of the 13 goals India scored against an unfortunate Canada in the second group match came from the corner. An easy 13-1 win put the defending champions’ campaign back on track after losing to France on Wednesday. But it was the performance of the penalty corner experts that stood out.

Head coach Graham Reid would have been taking notes, as the retirements of Rupinder Pal Singh and Birendra Lakra have opened up two senior team spots.

On Thursday, Hundal and Sharda Nand stepped forward when Sanjay, who has been India’s benchmark man in the first two games, was not on the field. And it has been remarkably consistent.

Routine of a decade

He has scored a hat-trick on consecutive days and in both games he has followed the same routine: a pass is injected from the baseline, Maninder Singh stops at the top of the ‘D’ and Sanjay throws it hard but never above the knee. -Length, in the goal.

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Sanjay and Maninder, who also had their names on the score sheet Thursday, have been doing this drill for almost 10 years. Sanjay moved from Hisar to the Chandigarh Football and Hockey Academy in 2010, where Maninder joined him a year later.

“We’ve been playing together for 10 years, so some of the moves we do on the field are purely based on instinct,” says Maninder.

The duo have been together from their academy days to sub-junior teams and now the Junior World Cup side. Against France and Canada, they didn’t even need to look up to meet, and in the short corners, they were perfect. “It helps to play together for so long. It’s not that we exclusively practice short corner routines, but since we know the habits of others, it becomes easier ”, adds Sanjay.

Sanjay’s calm defense coupled with strong dragging movements, which he attributes to advice received from national team star Harmanpreet Singh, and Maninder’s ability to push defenses have been among the highlights of the first two games. from India.

But from a team point of view, India will be relieved just to get back on the winning track, given how small the margin of error is.

Team gelling together

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Despite all the talk about speed and skill, dribbling and dragging, it’s remarkable how something as basic and critical as communication is taken for granted.

Against France in his first match, it felt as if 11 strangers wearing an India jersey had taken the field. His silence was deafening and eerie. Most of these players have been together for at least three or four years. Some, like Sanjay and Maninder, have played together for almost half their lives. So has Tej Bahadur Singh’s Academy trio in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh: Rahul Rajbhar, Vishnu Kant Singh and Uttam Singh, the latter scoring two goals in two matches.

On Thursday, the decibel level of the Indian team was a big noticeable change. Goalkeepers Prashant Chauhan and Pawan, who played alternate quarters, made sure the team maintained structure and shouted instructions to defenders whether to go long or play short ball. The defenders constantly spoke to the midfielders, warning them if there was a man in play or if they were venturing out of position. And the midfielders would let the forwards know when to time the run forward and when to go back.

When someone made a mistake, he was not ashamed to give them a bite. And there were some such moments, especially when someone failed to cheat or would give up possession cheaply.

Canada was not skillful and sharp enough to punish India, who will still need to beat Poland to qualify for the quarterfinals. The loss to France means that the best India can do in the group stage is finish second, which will mean a possible quarter-final against Belgium.

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The European team, whose older compatriots recently won gold at the Tokyo Olympics, will not be as kind as Canada and will pounce on the slightest mistake the hosts make. And India will not have a dozen chances, as it did against Canada.

But the few possibilities that stand in India’s way, drag-flickers, are expected to rise to the occasion.

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