Indian Hockey Team has defeated their arch rivals Pakistan in a heart throbbing exemplary showdown for third position in Asian Hockey Championships wherein former bagged bronze.

Indian Hockey Team has fielded a second string side but nearing a busier 2022 , it serves as a blaring alarm to revisit the table for evolved strategies.

This game bagging bronze and missing gold indicates the juggling road ahead for the team to fly for Paris Olympics.

Rather, South Korea registered a stunning come back where they beated Japan by 4-2 in last 0.01 seconds  by tie braker shoot outs to bag gold.

Indian Hockey Team , meanwhile, huffed their way past a resilient Pakistan, who haven’t qualified for the last two Games, beating them 4-3 to finish third in the five-team tournament. It was a classic India-Pakistan match: free-flowing attacks, porous defence, lacking structure and discipline and plenty of goals.

Indian hockey team

From a bigger picture point of view, however, the bronze medal at the Asian Champions Trophy holds little significance. If anything, it has only extended India’s wait for a continental title.

The peak in the game for Indian Hockey team came four years ago when they secured the final title and bagged gold in Asian Championships since then team has lost two semifinals and has reached final once in 2018 that got washed due to rain.

Rest, indeed it was a great performance from the second stringed team which finished onto podium owing to staunch implementation of its strategies on field, strength with balls and superior character in the game.

Half of the players from the medal-winning side were rested as coach Graham Reid used this tournament to give opportunities to some players who hadn’t played internationally for more than two years. The lack of exposure showed throughout the competition in terms of decision making with the ball, off-the-ball running and the general inability to cope up with the pressure and intensity of the games.


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