Bangladesh started the Asian Champions Trophy with a disappointing loss to India. India beat Bangladesh 6-0 in the last Asia Cup in Dhaka. This time the gap has widened. India beat Bangladesh 9-0 at Maulana Bhasani Stadium today.
India, which is at number 3 in the world rankings, has actually pointed the finger at Bangladesh hockey.
Coming to the press conference after the match, Bangladesh captain Ashraful Islam also admitted that, “We don’t play international matches for a long time. During this time their players have played 50 to 60 international matches. In this case, we will have a difference with them, that is normal. I think Bangladesh is in the same place as before. But India has come a long way. ”
In domestic hockey, the national team has the opportunity to practice together for only 10 days after the Club Cup and the Premier League. Ashraful blamed little preparation for such a poor performance in the first match, saying, “We have very little time to prepare for this tournament. In this short time, we have tried to play according to what the coach has taught us. India is a very good and tidy team. We made a lot of mistakes in the match. However, I have scored two or three more goals due to my own fault. ‘
India drew 2-2 with South Korea in the first match. But today, against Bangladesh, Karaya-Ganda has made up for that loss. Dilpreet Singh has scored the fifth hat trick of his career.
Dilpreet Singh, who was awarded the best player award after the match, said, “The tactics I played against South Korea were very much the same against Bangladesh. The difference is, we made a lot of mistakes against Korea. There have been less mistakes in this match. We have identified ourselves by watching the video of the Korea match. ‘
Dilpreet blamed Bangladesh for not playing in international matches for a long time, saying, “Bangladesh is a good team. But it seemed to me that after many days of playing international matches, there was inertia between them. Before the match we had not only attacking tactics, but also defensive plans. Our defense has played with confidence.
India got 6 penalty corners in the first quarter but could not score any goal. But he scored in 5 of the next 6 penalty corners. The secret behind this success is Dilpreet, “In the beginning we could not score from the penalty corner. At that time Bangladesh put up a good resistance. At one point the coach changed his tactics. That’s what worked. “