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‘Winning mentality, hunger were missing’

DNMUM417470 | 7/4/2018 | Author : Rutvick Mehta | WC :1480



Mumbai: Head coach Harendra Singh has put the Indian hockey team’s turnaround from a disastrous Commonwealth Games (CWG) to a silver-medal show at the Champions Trophy down to change in hunger levels, self-belief and mindset of the players.
PR Sreejesh and his boys went down in penalty shootouts in a spirited performance against world champions Australia in the final, entering the title round after beating Olympic champions Argentina, Pakistan and holding the tricky Belgium and The Netherlands.
It was a marked transformation from their fourth-placed finish at the CWG under coach Sjoerd Marijne, who was sacked and replaced by Harendra in the aftermath of that below-par show.
“Once we had the change of guard, we had da
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