India score their 1st victory in 3rd Men’s Asian Champions Trophy

India registered their first win in the 3rd Men’s Asian Champions Trophy, as they defeated Oman 3-0 in their third league match at the Kakamigahara, Japan today. In the other matches of the day, Pakistan pipped Malaysia by 1-0 with a penalty corner goal in the last-minute, while China defeated hosts Japan by 3-1.

Amit Rohidas (Indian Hockey Player)

India opened the scoring against the run of play in the 19th minute when a lapse from Oman defense allowed Akashdeep Singh into the circle and he made no mistake in finding the target for India, who have fielded their junior squad in the Asian Champions Trophy in a bid to prepare for next month’s Hero Hockey Junior World Cup in Delhi.

India scored their second goal in 30th minute as Prabhdeep Singh made a fine run on left flank before sending a cross into rival D. The cross came off the stick of Faiz Helmi, which was collected nicely by Talwinder Singh to score and double the lead for his side. At the lemon break, India lead 2-0 against 36th number side in the world. Continue reading →

Amit Rohidas feels Hero Hockey India League is Big Opportunity for Players like him

It’s a dream come true for the young lad from Ranchi who fetched a princely amount of Rs.16 lakh in the recently conducted auction and will now rub shoulders with leading international players within ten days. Amit Rohidas, who has already made his mark at the junior international level and is now dribbling his way into the senior internationals, is very happy to be a part of the inaugural Hero Hockey India League and his team Ranchi Rhinos.

Ranchi Rhinos Logo“It’s the best thing that has happened in my life till now. Seeing some interest (of franchisees) in me during the Players’ Auction and getting a huge opportunity to play with top international players are really very special to me,” said the 19-year-old defender from Sundargarh district of Odisha.

Rohidas was bought by Ranchi Rhinos at price of $29,000, five times more than his Base Price of $5,600 at the HIL Players’ Auction. He will be playing with legendary players such as Moritz Fuertse (Germany), Ashley Jackson (England), Austin Smith (South Africa), Floris Evers (The Netherlands) and Francisco Cortes (Spain). Continue reading →