India finished their Intercontinental Cup campaign in some style as yet another brace from Sunil Chhetri sealed a comprehensive 2-0 win over Kenya in the final on Sunday. The tournament saw some brilliant solo displays too from the Blue Tigers as the side look more than prepared for the Asia Cup.
There’s no stopping Sunil Chhetri
At one point during the initial stages of the game, after India had just seen some of their
India look ready for World Cup qualifiers
Before the final game on Sunday, a delighted and satisfied Stephen Constantine had stated that all his targets from the Intercontinental Cup were fulfilled. And given the manner in which India had gone on their way in the tournament wouldn’t state anything else. The motive behind inviting three totally different teams in the tournament was for the national side to face separate challenges, and India reacted pretty well to adversity. While the win against Chinese Taipei was smooth as butter, the waterlogged second game needed the side to defend and hold their tower strong against an ultra-offensive Kenya side before India began their goal fest. While the loss against New Zealand wasn’t foreseen, India’s tremendous mentality was on display for all to see. They were definitely the second best in most aspects but that it didn’t stop the players pushing at the right circumstances and get the first goal. Although the side is still looking at vast improvements, one cannot deny the fact that this bunch could challenge some of the strongest of teams across the world. With a fluid formation and some very versatile players, the boys can be seen taking different approaches against distinct opponents and get the results. India were terrible in the WC qualifiers last time in 2015 where they had all their games against Oman, Guam, Iran, and Turkmenistan and the improvement since then has been marvelous and now India have a team that has an average age of just a shade over 27 which means that most of the players will be in peak condition by the time the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers come calling. So, we won’t be surprised if we see the Blue Tigers put in a good show at the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers.
the foundation for India’s success defence
India looked a completely different team on Sunday as compared to the one that went down against New Zealand in the last match. And the biggest difference between the two games was their