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Hockey Men’s Junior Asia Cup 2023: Dominant India beat Pakistan 2-1.

Junior Men's Indian Hockey Team Beat Pakistan to lift Asia Cup 2023

Indian Hockey Team Beat Pakistan: The Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team reigned supreme as they beat nemesis Pakistan 2-1 in a thrilling final of the Men’s Junior Asia Cup 2023 here in Salalah, Oman.

Early goals by Angad Bir Singh (13′) and Araijeet Singh Hundal (20′) ensured India remained in command of the game while some outstanding saves by goalkeeper Shashikumar Mohith Honnenahalli kept India in the lead throughout the match. With this victory, India created a new record of winning the maximum number of titles at the Men’s Junior Asia Cup. The team had previously won the title in 2004, 2008 and 2015 while Pakistan has won the tournament in 1988, 1992, 1996.

In appreciation of the team’s efforts and perfect record in the prestigious competition that saw them qualify for the FIH Men’s Junior World Cup in Malaysia, the Hockey India Executive Board awarded each player INR 2 lakh and each member of the support staff INR 1 lakh in cash.Junior Men's Indian Hockey Team Beat Pakistan to lift Asia Cup 2023

Indian Hockey Team Beat Pakistan: Dilip Tirkey

Dilip Tirkey, president of Hockey India, thanked the team in a press statement and stated, “The Indian junior men’s team has made us all tremendously proud with their unbeaten performance at the Junior Asia Cup. The team has shown a lot of promise since their historic Sultan of Johor Cup victory and has become a powerful force.

Salalah (Oman), June 2: The Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team produced a dominant effort to reign supreme over arch-rivals Pakistan by 2-1 in a thrilling Men’s Junior Asia Cup 2023 Final here in Salalah, Oman.Junior Men's Indian Hockey Team Beat Pakistan to lift Asia Cup 2023

Indian Hockey Team Beat Pakistan: India has created a new record

Indian Hockey Team Beat Pakistan: With this victory, India has created a new record for winning the maximum number of titles at the tournament. The Indian Colts had previously won the title in 2004, 2008 and 2015 while Pakistan won the tournament in 1988, 1992, 1996.

Bhola Nath Singh, the secretary general of Hockey India, also congratulated the team on a job well done. “In every game, the team showed amazing character and competitive spirit. Hockey India’s national programme for the U21 is shown in the team’s consistent success at the Junior Asia Cup. I’d like to thank the players and the support personnel for maintaining the Indian team’s winning streak at the Junior Asia Cup,” Bhola added.

Junior Men's Indian Hockey Team Beat Pakistan to lift Asia Cup 2023

Indian Hockey Team Beat Pakistan: India capitalised on confidence to get out to a flying start in the final after a stunning 9-1 victory against South Korea in the semifinal game. They gave Pakistan early scoring opportunities, which put Pakistan on the defensive. By converting the PC earned in the 13th minute, they took advantage of their opponents’ mistakes in the circle and punished them.

Araijeet Singh Hundal fired a hard ball at the net, but Angad Bir Singh reacted swiftly to grab the rebound and find the ideal deflection. Araijeet’s strike in the 20th minute helped put pressure on the Pakistani defenders while the opening goal gave India the lead.Junior Men’s Indian Hockey Team Beat Pakistan to lift Asia Cup 2023

The two teams played up to the hype in the following quarter, creating some tight moments that kept the Salalah audience, which was in full attendance, on their toes. They were able to finally break through in the 38th minute when Basharat Ali worked an outstanding field goal, helped by a fervent Pakistani audience.

Indian Hockey Team Beat Pakistan: In the fourth quarter, Pakistan had several chances to score through PCs, but India custodian Shashikumar Mohith Honnenahalli made some outstanding saves to preserve India’s lead.

Pakistan fought valiantly for that elusive equaliser, making for a tense conclusion. But the courageous India Colts maintained their composure to win the championship with grace and make history by winning the fourth championship in this illustrious event.Junior Men's Indian Hockey Team Beat Pakistan to lift Asia Cup 2023

India Colts Captain Uttam Singh who was awarded the Player of the Match said, “After the 1-1 draw in the round robin stage, we were very aware of the areas we had to do well in order to beat Pakistan. It was quite a nervous Final. The team had never played in front of such a big crowd but I think created early goals helped us stay in control of the game.”

Indian Hockey Team Beat Pakistan: India coach CR Kumar expressed that it was a good team effort. “It came down to executing our opportunities. Though I feel we could have scored a few more goals, when you are playing a big opponent like Pakistan there is a lot of pressure. But I am very happy with the way the players controlled their emotions and played to their potential,” he said.Junior Men's Indian Hockey Team Beat Pakistan to lift Asia Cup 2023

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