The Indian Men Hockey development team registered their third consecutive victory over Bangladesh to win the three-match series by 3-0. Team India continued their winning spree and defeated the host nation by 3-1 in the last match played at Dhaka today.
The positives from the series could be seen as the experience for some of the young players and a good starting for the coaching career of Tushar Khandker, while it was pleasing to see Arjun Halappa in supportive role and Harendra Singh also accompanying the team to Dhaka.
After winning first two matches by 2-1 and 5-1 India started the match with their attacking game and scored their first goal in 6th minute through forward Yuvraj Walmiki. After the early success, India tried to create more opportunities in the first half but Bangladeshi defenders managed to restrict the Indian attack.
In the 2nd half, India came back with a better plan and managed to earn a penalty in 38th minute. Drag-flicker Gurjinder Singh converted the penalty corner into a beautiful goal and gave India 2-0 lead. Bangladesh fought back hard after conceding two goals and managed to score a goal in 56th minute through Pushkor Khisa Mimu. Indian skipper Vikram Kanth scored the third goal for his team in 57th minute and helped his team to remain unbeaten in the series.
Speaking on the win, Coach Tushar Khandker said, “This series was a good experience for us. All the players got enough chance and opportunity to take their skills to another level. We need to improve more on penalty corner conversions and man to man marking. I would also like to appreciate Bangladesh team for their competitive game”.