The India captain feels that keeping Boon in check will be half the battle won.
"Keeping him under control will be like half the game won. Last we played Belgium in the Hero World League Finals 2014 and we lost the match to them 1-2 and this was solely because of the goal scored by Tom Boon in the last few minutes and till that point the game was locked at 1-1. So he cannot be taken lightly at any point in the game," he said.
Sardar said the team will take heart from its warm-up match against South Africa. "I am happy that we as a team performed really well in our last warm-up match against South Africa here and won it with a decent margin. This win has helped boost our confidence level. I have advised my teammates not to take any pressure during matches and just play their natural game and stay positive on the field," he said. Walsh said the win against South Africa will stand them in good stead.
"Lalit and Yuvraj have settled in well and are looking in great form. The two goals scored by Rupinder Pal Singh in the last warm-up game played against South Africa makes me believe that he is the player to be looked out for in our tomorrow’s match. All the boys are a determined group oozing with confidence and positivity. While the team is confident of its opening match against Belgium tomorrow we cannot forget Belgium’s target for World Cup and plus the fact that they have been playing very good hockey recently with positive results," he said. India and Belgium have clashed thrice in the last two years with the recent clash being during the European Tour. Although the last two clashes resulted in India losing to Belgium, both the losses can easily be termed as hard wins for the opponents. For India the players to watch out for will be forward Mandeep Singh who has been outstanding in the FIH World League Round Final in Delhi early this year. Other forwards, debutant Lalit Upadhayay and Yuvraj Walmiki who joined the team post the injuries of Ramandeep Singh and Nikkin Thimmiah are also ready for the challenge.
Experienced forward S.V.Sunil has 131 international caps, and has the potential to get his name regularly on the score sheet. Apart from them, comeback player Gurbaj Singh will be closely watched for his speed and grit on the field and Sardar Singh for how well he fares in taking his team to a victory in the opening match. It will also be a big opportunity for debutant Jasjit Singh to showcase his talent in his first international match against Belgium. On the other side both Jeremy Gucassoff as well as Vincent Vanasch will be looking at not allowing a single goal when they are standing guard for the team at the goal post with John Dohmen looking at taking his team to victory alongwith Boon.