Indian Men’s Hockey Team Won Inaugural Asian Championship Trophy

On 11th September 2011, Indian Men’s Hockey Team captained by Rajpal Singh won the inaugural Asian Championship Trophy at Ordos in China. In this tournament, top 6 teams of Guangzhou Asian Games (2010), namely, Pakistan, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, China and India participated.

Indian Men's Hockey Team with Asian Championship Trophy
Indian Men’s Hockey Team with Asian Championship Trophy

We congratulate Indian Men’s Hockey Team that won the prestigious tournament.

Goalkeepers (Gk)

Bharat Chetri and PR Sreejesh

Defenders (Df)

Sandeep Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh and Harpreet Singh

Midfielders (Mf)

Sardar Singh, Gubaj Singh, Ignace Tirkey, Manpreet Singh and Manjit Kullu

Forwards (Fd)

Rajpal Singh (Captain), Danish Mujtaba, SV Sunil, Sarvanjit Singh, Ravi Pal Singh, Gurvinder Singh Chandi, Roshan Minz and Yuvraj Valmiki

Standby

Kamalpreet Singh (Gk), VR Raghunath (Df), Vikas Sharma (Mf), Biren Lakra (Mf), Mandip Antil (Fd), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (Fd).

It was a certainly a sweet victory and the win was made sweeter by the fact that in the thrilling final Indian Hockey Team defeated their traditional archrival Pakistan Team. It was good exhibition of traditional sub-continent hockey. The fate of the match was decided only in the penalty shoot-outs, when both teams failed to get over the line during the stipulated match time and match remained goalless during regulation and extra time. Sadly, the Hockey Match was not shown in India and as a result many hockey fans sorely missed the live action from the pulsating final between the two arch-rivals, India and Pakistan.

In the penalty shoot-out tie-breaker 4 Indian players Rajpal Singh, Danish Mujtaba, Yuvraj Valmiki, and Sarvanjit Singh scored while Young Indian goalkeeper Sreejas again proved his worth by saving 2 penalty shots from Haseem Abdul Khan and Shafaqat Rasool of Pakistan team. Sreejas truly emerged as hero on the crucial final.

India won 4-2 in the in the tie-breaker. Let us recap, India’s way to the trophy:

Date

Match

Score (full-time)

Score (half-time)

03/09/11

India vs China

5-0

2-0

04/09/11

India vs Japan

1-1

1-0

06/09/11

India vs. Korea

5-3

4-2

07/09/11

India vs. Malaysia

2-2

1-2

09/09/11

India vs. Pakistan

2-2

0-0

11/09/11

India vs. Pakistan

4-2 (Final)

0-0

Talking to media-people, ecstatic Sreejas said, “I’m glad that Nobbs sir gave me an opportunity. I am very happy that in the final I managed to make few saves for my team and we won the tournament. Junior players like me, Manjeet Kullu and Rupinder Singh, we were eager to do well and thankfully we all managed to do well for our country.”

It was the first assignment of the newly appointed coach of Indian Hockey Team, Michael Nobbs, an Australian, and along with the Indian Players he deserves full credit for the splendid show. Happy looking Nobbs said, “It is fantastic to see a young Indian side win a prestigious tournament, I am proud of my young team.”

The Asian Champions were given a well-deserved rousing welcome when they touched down on the early hours of 13th September at the New Delhi’s International Airport by the motley group of crowds consisting of enthusiastic fans, Media Contingent, Hockey Officials, etc. The enthusiastic fans’ dancing to the beats of drums was quite a spectacle.

The needless controversy happened during the felicitation ceremony of victorious Hockey Team at Major Dhayan Chand National Stadium, when the hockey players were offered cash prize of Rs. 25,000 only. Very rightly, Hockey Captain Rajpal Singh refused to accept such a meagre sum. Clarifying his position, the captain said, “If the Hockey Federation does not reward players properly then how could they expect youngsters to take up the sport in future.” He added, “Despite problems surrounding Indian Hockey, we are giving our 100%, we do not ask for any rewards, we play for our country and we will keep on doing so.”

Finally, after few days, the prize-money controversy died-down, as both government (both Central and State) and Hockey Federation announced fresh set of prizes for the victorious Hockey Team.

Even while celebrating our win, we, hockey fans and even our Indian Hockey Team cannot and should not overlook the fact that India has yet to qualify for London Olympics. It is time to focus on the Olympic and keep working hard.

We wish them good luck.

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