New Delhi, 11 November 2014: Post winning the India- Australia test series at Perth, Australia, the Indian men’s hockey team returned home to a rousing reception by Hockey India (HI), fans and friends at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi today.
This yet another achievement evoked a feeling of pride once more as the Indian hockey fans are still celebrating the euphoria of winning a gold medal in the Asian Games and was another time soaked in the joy of team’s achievement.
The Sardar Singh – led team delivered an incredible performance to defeat World Champions Australia 3-1 to win their third successive match and clinch the four-match Test series and now look more confident to stage a fantastic game play in the upcoming Champions Trophy which is scheduled to take place in December 2014.
Speaking on winning the series, Captain Sardar Singh said, “I am extremely happy with the way our team has performed in the entire series. And there could be no better gift to my completion of 200 international caps than this momentary win. This will act as a motivation for the boys to give a better performance in the upcoming Champions Trophy. I am confident that the boys will perform well in the upcoming tournament.”
Congratulating the team for the win on their arrival, Hockey India Secretary General Mr. Md. Mushtaque Ahmad said, “Team India had a good game against Australia in the test series which is a good sign of confidence and control. Also, Sardar Singh’s achievement of completing 200 international caps has added a glory to the win. I look forward and feel the team is all ready to take up more challenges and deliver even better results in the Champions Trophy which is our next focus.”
India will be playing their first match against Germany in the upcoming Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014, scheduled to be played at Bhubaneswar, India from 6 to 14 December 2014.