The Indian Hockey Team displayed an outstanding performance on Saturday, defeating Malaysia 4-3 and making a remarkable comeback to win their fourth Asian Champions Trophy at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Hockey Stadium in Chennai.
Chief Minister Stalin praised Team India’s victory in the Asian Champions Trophy and announced a cash prize of 11 million rupees for the winning team.
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According to a press release from Indian Hockey Team, they also announced cash awards for the players and supporting staff. Dr. Dilip Tirkey, President of Hockey India, declared a cash prize of 300,000 rupees for each member of the Indian men’s hockey team and 150,000 rupees for the supporting staff. He emphasized the importance of winning in hockey and the dedication shown by the team.
As for the match, Malaysia took control in the tense final, but Akashdeep of India swiftly defended against their attacks. Malaysia’s Azrai attempted to enter the Indian circle from the left but was thwarted by strong defense from Harmanpreet. India displayed resilience as Rajeev Rahim equalized the score in the 14th minute. The first quarter ended with a score of 1-1.
In the second quarter, Malaysia intensified their efforts. India faced the challenge of being two goals behind for the first time in the competition as Malaysia capitalized on the weaknesses in Indian defense, scoring two penalty corners. Rajeev Rahim’s goal in the 18th minute brought the score to 2-1, and Aminudin Mohammed’s drag flick made it 3-1 just before halftime.
In the third quarter, India aggressively pursued the game. In the dying seconds, when India thwarted Malaysia’s unsuccessful penalty corner conversion, Malaysia tried to deny India a crucial opportunity. Captain Harmanpreet Singh’s top-net shot reduced the difference.
With 30 seconds left, Harmanpreet Singh once again played a crucial role, providing a cutting pass to Karthi Selvam inside the circle, leading to India’s equalizer. Gurjant Singh then scored the equalizing goal after combined efforts from Sukhjit Singh and Karthi Selvam.
In the last quarter, Malaysia changed their strategy. India managed to preserve their lead as Akashdeep Singh scored a victorious goal in the 56th minute.
Malaysia’s Hassan Azuan received a five-minute suspension, leaving Malaysia with 10 players for the remaining four minutes. Despite India’s efforts to extend their lead in the final minutes, the match ended in India’s favor with a score of 4-3.