Perth, 08 November 2014: Two wins in a row for India over World Champions Australia and unbeatable 2-1 lead in 4 test series at Perth Hockey Stadium can be turning point for Indian Hockey. And being the captain of winning side in his 100th International appearance, Indian defender Rupinder Pal Singh will remember it life long.
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The game started with both teams looking at attacking the opponents D, but their efforts did not yield any results in the entire session, leaving the scorecard 0-0 at the end of 1st quarter. With a goalless 1st quarter the second quarter was very important for both the teams as they looked at opening their score and take an edge on the game. The Indian boys troubled the defenders on a couple of occasions but were unable to find the target. The second quarter even saw both teams unable to open the scorecard and at the end of halftime the game was still 0-0 leaving the last two quarters as the decider session of this all important third match.
Coming into the 3rd quarter it was finally India who broke the shackles and scored the opening goal which left the Kookaburras stunned. In the 34th minute SV Sunil did not make any mistake of netting the ball on bubbly clever pass from Akashdeep Singh after initial attempt from Sunil being saved by Aussie goalkeeper.
The goal saw the Indians raising their game and becoming more aggressive in their attack. They not only ensured good possession but even kept the pressure on the opponent’s defense. At the end of the 3rd quarter it was India leading the game which put huge pressure on the opponents to get back into the game in the last 15 minutes of the game.
The Australians knew it was not an easy task to score today keeping in the mind the way the Indian boys were performing on the field but they knew they had to play to take the game away from India. The last quarter saw the Indian defenders skilfully tackling the opponents whenever the Kookaburras attacked the D of India. With the 4th quarter yet again being goalless, India retained the lead and ensured a win. With this win India is leading 2-1 in the series.
The Indian Men National Hockey Team is scheduled to take on Australia in the fourth match of the Australian tour at 1630 HRS (IST) at the Perth Hockey Stadium, Australia tomorrow. The match will be broadcasted live on this website.
Congratulating Rupinder Pal Singh on his celebratory achievement of 100 international caps, Hockey India’s Secretary General Md. Mushtaque Ahmad said, “I am extremely delighted at the way this young man has been playing all this while and the manner in which he has been progressing consistently. Hockey India takes utmost pride in congratulating Rupinder on his accomplishment of 100 International Caps. I wish him all the best for the remaining matches of the tournament and hope to see more of similar high quality performances from him in times to come.”
Playing as a fullback, Rupinder Pal Singh is known to be one of the best drag flickers of the world. Hailing from Punjab and making the international debut in May 2010, Rupinder currently has 37 international goals to his credit. Rupinder Pal Singh scored his first international hat-trick against Great Britain in the 2011 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and later went on to win the top-scorer award in the tournament. The 23-year old defender has also represented India in the 2014 Men’s Hockey World Cup as the Vice Captain of the team.