"The defence in this tournament intends to come out strong. We are working on closing the space which will make things tough for the opponents," Rupinder said ahead of the event in Antwerp, Belgium.

"We are now realising that, earlier there were gaps which helped the opposition to score against us. This time around we have particularly worked on this area, now awaiting to start putting this learning into play."

Speaking on the new strategies that the team is working on, he said, "I am confident with the strategies that the team is working on and it will yield positive results for the team. Adapting to changes do not happen overnight but I am sure we will get into the groove soon and start delivering as per plan".

India will be seen clashing against France in their opening match of the tournament.

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