If they don't win, then India would've had another typical tournament, the template for which reads:
* India achieves excellent pre-tournament showing, raising hopes of the Great Hockey Resurgence that the country has been awaiting for 25 years now.
* India then contrives to lose its first match.
* It has to play catch-up, scraping through some of its matches.
* If we have to play Pakistan, we win the encounter.
* We have to await the results of other matches on the last day, huddled with calculator in hand, for a playoff for a decent place: mostly the results do go in our favour.
* We don't win the playoffs, the final blow, leading to recriminations to re-surface that were temporarily suppressed after the Pakistan victory.
* There is a lot of bad blood, usually conducted through the media, spilling over to the airport. Eventually, the coach loses his job. Some senior players may be temporarily sacked too.
Let's see if the old script is called into action this time also.