first_imgIndia began their journey in the Hockey World Cup on Wednesday by thrashing South Africa 5-0 at the Kalinga Stadium but captain Manpreet Singh said they will try to give minimum chances to World number three Belgium in their next match.”Overall, we played a good game but we still need to improve. We got many chances in the match but we missed them. We could not convert many of the penalty corners. Our next match is with Belgium and we should not miss the crucial chances,” Manpreet said.”Belgium are a good side. They have the ability to punish us for our mistakes. We need to keep our defence strong against them,” he added.India’s next game is against Belgium on December 2. The match is going to be a high-voltage one as Belgium also thrashed Canada by 2-1 in the opening match.Indian team coach head coach Harendra Singh said a mixture of penalty corners (PCs) and field goals ensured the win for India.”No goal was scored against India (/search?query=India) which is a good sign for us. It indicates that our defence was good in the match. The penalty corner conversion rate, however, needs to be improved,” Harendra said.He also talked about the changed role of forward player Akashdeep Singh in the team saying with his ability to eliminate one or two players while on the run is lethal for opponents.”Yes, we have changed his role as this is the demand of the team. He has got the skill and capacity to eliminate one or two players on the run. It becomes lethal for the opponents as we have three strikers who keep floating inside the circle to grab the scoring opportunity. I am happy that he is playing his role pretty well. I hope he continues doing this,” he said.advertisementThree field goals and two penalty corners helped World No.5 India register a comprehensive win in the second match of the evening.World number five India are eyeing to reclaim the World Cup after 43 years, a title which they won only once way back in 1975 in Kuala Lumpur.Simranjeet Singh (43rd, 46th minutes) scored a brace, while Mandeep Singh (10th), Akashdeep Singh (12th) and Lalit Upadhyay (45th) were the other goal getters for India against a South Africa, ranked 10 places below India.The Indians toyed with the South African defence in the first quarter as they mounted numerous attacks on the opposition goal and to their credit succeeded on two occasions to take a comfortable 2-0 lead early on.(With IANS inputs)Also Read | Hockey World Cup 2018: India hammer hapless South Africa for perfect startAlso Read | Hockey World Cup India vs South Africa: HighlightsAlso Read | Hockey World Cup 2018: FULL COVERAGE | FULL SQUADS | SCHEDULElast_img read more