India makes it perfect 3-0 with 3-1 win over Bangladesh in Dhaka

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.

Indian Men's Hockey Team after winning the series against Bangladesh at Dhaka in Aug 2014

Indian Men’s Hockey Team after winning the series against Bangladesh at Dhaka in Aug 2014

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. Continue reading →

India beat Bangladesh 5-1 in 2nd test of 3 match series in Dhaka

The development side of Indian Men Hockey won their second test against Bangladesh in the three match test series. After a 2-1 win in first match, the visitors defeated the hosts 5-1 in the second match played at Dhaka today.

Devinder Walmiki of India receiving the Man-of-the-Match during Bangladesh Hockey test series in Dhaka

Devinder Walmiki of India receiving the Man-of-the-Match during Bangladesh Hockey test series in Dhaka

This victory brings with itself the series-win against Bangladesh and the team expects a clean sweep by winning the third and last match of the series which is scheduled for tomorrow, 09 August 2014.

The first goal of the match came in as early as in the 7th minute from Hasan Jubair of Bangladesh. However their joy was short lived as Harjeet Singh scored a field goal for India in the 10th minute to level the scores. It was followed by a quick field goal by Yuvraj Walmiki in the 12th minute of the game. Vice- Captain S. K Uthappa and Devinder Sunil Walmiki too successfully managed to put the ball in the net in the 20th and 24th minute of the game respectively thus giving India a lead of 4-1 at half time. Continue reading →

India beat Bangladesh in 1st of 3 tests in Dhaka

The Indian Men Hockey development side registered their first win in the opening match against the hosts Bangladesh 2-1 in the three match series started today at Dhaka.

Indian Men's Hockey Team for Bangladesh tour 2014 in Dhaka

Indian Men’s Hockey Team for Bangladesh tour 2014 in Dhaka

While it was Bangladesh who made a dominating start in the match and scoring the very first goal through Farhad Ahmed Fhitul in the 30th minute, but India immediately bounced back in the game and stole away the show from the home team within a matter of five short minutes. Continue reading →

India to 3 play test series against Bangladesh in Dhaka from Aug 6

Development Side of India will leave for Dhaka to play a three match series against Bangladesh in attempt to provide international exposure to the young players just before the upcoming Asian Games to be held in Korea from 19 September – 4 October 2014.

India should be looking at the Gold medal at 2014 Incheon Asian Games to book their place in Rio 2016 Olympics in the first ever opportunity, otherwise will have to depend on World League, which has replaced the Olympics and World Cup qualifiers since Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014.

As this website, www.thefansofhockey.com, have said in past, India should be looking at playing stronger sides, this series could have been capitalized better if Pakistan could have joined and made it 3 nations tournament. Continue reading →