Despite sealing a 5-3 win over England, India colts looked largely erratic and scratchy.
According to eyewitness account bearing the flag of the ruling Samajwadi Party overtook their bus crossing and intercepted the vehicle ferrying the Japanese team.
Harjeet Singh was in total control of the midfield, snatching balls and creating chances as India virtually assured their place in the quarterfinals.
Austri spanked declining Asian powerhouse Korea 5-2 to remain in contention for a surprise quarterfinal berth.
India withstood England's pressure early and late on in the game to pick up their second win in a row in Lucknow.
Junior Hockey World Cup is being played in the two halves of 35 minutes each format as against the four quarters of 15 minutes format.
From overcoming death of his parents to being homeless before 19, India’s junior goalkeeper Krishan Pathak has thwarted tragedies in life to reach where he is now.
PR Sreejesh mentioned to the two junior team goalkeepers to be ready for criticism as they represent India in World Cup.
New Zealand gave Germany a run for their money before the world champions rode on their big match experience.
Spain of late has been struggling to match the top hockey teams of the world and languishing at the ninth position in the world rankings.
Germany coach Valentin Altenburg said they were troubled by the cash crunch in India.
India start Junior Hockey World Cup campaign on the right note with a 4-0 win over Canada.
Senior team's chief coach Roelant Oltmans, who is a part of the coaching side here, too agreed with Harendra.
India were considered as overwhelming favourites against Canada and got the expected result.
The FIH said in a statement that the timing of last match of every day from Thursday has been advanced due to dense fog.
The FIH dropped Pakistan from the Junior Hockey World Cup which began today in Lucknow.
India outclass Canada 4-0 in their Junior Hockey World Cup opener in Lucknow on Thursday.
Germany started their title defence on a shaky note by eking out a close 2-1 win over Spain in a Pool C match.
Dilip Tirkey is organising one of the biggest rural hockey tournaments and over 1300 teams are expected to participate.
The junior hockey World Cup will be held in the city of Lucknow.
Harjeet Singh-led side India would look to kick-start their Junior hockey World Cup campaign with a win as they hosts Canada.
Junior World Cup will provide proper assessment of the next generation and whether they have the ability to challenge the current lot.
PR Sreejesh's presence with the side could not have come at a better time for Under-21 goalkeepers.
Regarded as a hard task master, Harendra Singh said for him what's important was discipline and professionalism.
India, hosting the junior hockey World Cup for the second successive time, last won the title 15 years back in 2001.
Roelant Oltmans asked the players to fully concentrate on the job at hand as their performances in the World Cup will be taken into consideration.
Veteran forward Deepak Thakur, who was the top-scorer in that historic triumph, said it was an unbelievable feat for the team.
Valentin Altenburg believes that most of the India players having played HIL which has given them exposure for big ticket events.
Besides Pakistan, the other confirmed team in India's pool - Pool B - is Netherlands.
Phulel Singh Sujlana, who was also secretary of the MHAL for four years from 2000-2004, passed away due to old age.
PHF had spent millions of rupees on preparing its national junior side to first qualify for the World Cup and travel to India.
Playing with 10 men for large periods of the third quarter, India defended stoutly but were edged past by Australia in a pulsating match.
Bombay Gold Cup tournament organisers said two-halves format lasting 70 minutes is still followed as per the directive received from Hockey India.
Tahir Zaman said it came as a shock how visas could be issued to Malaysia while Pakistan was waiting for the same despite appyling for on October 24.
Akashdeep Singh and VR Raghunath were the goalscorers for India in a high scoring contest.
Pakistan Hockey Federation lashed out at the International Hockey Federation terming the world body's move as pre-planned.