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India aims to exert pressure on Oranje in the FIH Pro League

<p>The FIH Pro League return leg between India and the Netherlands takes place here tomorrow, and the Indian men’s hockey team will be hoping to maintain its recent dominance over the Netherlands with an absolute victory.</p>
<figure id=”attachment_428137″ aria-describedby=”caption-attachment-428137″ style=”width: 1072px” class=”wp-caption alignnone”><img fetchpriority=”high” decoding=”async” class=” wp-image-428137″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/theindiaprint.com-india-aims-to-exert-pressure-on-oranje-in-the-fih-pro-league-2024-2largeimg-169619-750×532.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com india aims to exert pressure on oranje in the fih pro league 2024 2largeimg 169619″ width=”1072″ height=”761″ title=”India aims to exert pressure on Oranje in the FIH Pro League 1″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/theindiaprint.com-india-aims-to-exert-pressure-on-oranje-in-the-fih-pro-league-2024-2largeimg-169619-750×532.jpg 750w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/theindiaprint.com-india-aims-to-exert-pressure-on-oranje-in-the-fih-pro-league-2024-2largeimg-169619-768×545.jpg 768w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/theindiaprint.com-india-aims-to-exert-pressure-on-oranje-in-the-fih-pro-league-2024-2largeimg-169619-150×106.jpg 150w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/theindiaprint.com-india-aims-to-exert-pressure-on-oranje-in-the-fih-pro-league-2024-2largeimg-169619.jpg 866w” sizes=”(max-width: 1072px) 100vw, 1072px” /><figcaption id=”caption-attachment-428137″ class=”wp-caption-text”><br /><span style=”color: #2b2b2b;font-size: 16px”>India, captained by drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh, has had success in the Pro League so far, winning two of their five games within normal time. India’s tenacity allowed them to win crucial extra points by defeating Spain and the Netherlands in shootouts. Australia was the only team they lost against, and that too from a winning position.</span></figcaption></figure>
<p>With 10 points from five games, India is presently ranked fourth in the Pro League rankings. With 18 points from nine games, the Netherlands is in the top of the standings, followed by Australia (12 points from four games) and Argentina (13 points from eight games).</p>
<p>On the eve of their match against the world’s best team, vice-captain Hardik Singh said that there is a lot of confidence in the camp. India made a comeback to tie the game 2-2 during normal time and went on to win 4-2 in the shootout.</p>
<p>“We did not perform up to par in the first half, but we rallied strongly in the second half.” From then on, we were optimistic about our prospects, particularly since we had excellent goalkeepers on our team, according to Hardik.</p>

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