Asian Champions Trophy Final: A spirited India eked out a fighting 4-3 win over Malaysia in the final to clinch the Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament for the fourth time on Saturday.
The Indian men's hockey team won the Asian Champions Trophy 2023 on Saturday, defeating Malaysia 4-3 in the final. This is India's fourth title in the tournament, and it makes them the most successful team in the history of the Asian Champions Trophy, ahead of three-time champions Pakistan.
India started the match well and took the lead in the ninth minute through Jugraj Singh. However, Malaysia responded quickly and scored three goals in the next 14 minutes to take a 3-1 lead.
India did not give up, though, and they fought back to level the score in the second half. Harmanpreet Singh scored a penalty corner in the 45th minute, and Gurjant Singh scored a field goal in the same minute. Akashdeep Singh then scored the winning goal in the 56th minute.
The victory was a major boost for the Indian team ahead of the FIH Hockey World Cup 2023, which will be held in India in January-February next year. The team will be hoping to build on this performance and win their third World Cup title.
Jugraj Singh and Harmanpreet Singh were the stars of the show for India in the final. Jugraj scored the opening goal of the match, and he was a constant threat to the Malaysian defense throughout the game. Harmanpreet scored a penalty corner and a field goal, and he was also instrumental in setting up other chances for India.
Other players who played well for India included Gurjant Singh, Akashdeep Singh, and PR Sreejesh. Gurjant scored a field goal, Akashdeep scored the winning goal, and Sreejesh made some important saves in goal.
Malaysia gave a good account of themselves in the final, and they were unlucky not to win. They scored three goals in the first half, and they had several other chances to score. However, India's defense was solid, and they were able to keep Malaysia at bay in the second half.
Abu Kamal Azrai, Razie Rahim, and Aminudin Muhamad scored the goals for Malaysia. Azrai scored a field goal, Rahim scored a penalty corner, and Muhamad scored a field goal.
With this victory, India became the most successful team in the history of the Asian Champions Trophy. They have now won the tournament four times, more than any other team. Pakistan are the second most successful team, with three titles.
India's victory is a major boost for the team ahead of the FIH Hockey World Cup 2023. They will be hoping to build on this performance and win their third World Cup title.