India will goal to take a step closer to end their 43-year long wait to lift the men’s Hockey World Cup title when they face a difficult Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Bhubaneswar on Thursday. India last played in the semi-final of the World Cup way back in 1975 when they went on to lift their first title. In their last six meetings at the events, the Netherlands have overcome India five times, with one match ending in a draw. While the Netherlands are placed fourth while India is on fifth position in the current world rankings. The last time India and the Netherlands tackled each other was in the Champions Trophy former this year, where the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
The overall face-to-face record goes to the Dutch. In the 105 games, India have won 33, lost 48.
India and the Netherlands have met each other nine times since 2013, winning four matches while one game ended in a draw. For India Captain Manpreet Singh, past results hold implication. “The past results matter a lot because the Netherlands have a better result against us. But, we have played well against them recently. We have also beaten them, drew against them at the Champions Trophy. Indian hockey has improved a lot. The match will be tough and whichever team plays better will win,” Manpreet said.
The India-Netherlands duel is projected to be a fast-paced, attacking encounter with both teams heavily relying on their goal scoring abilities to come out on top.