Spain and India Play a Draw (3-3) on Opening of Blue Pitch at Santander

Opening game of Blue Pitch, similar to London Olympics, Santander, offered an exciting battle between home side Spain and Eight times Olympics Gold Medalists India which ended in 3-3 draw. Tushar Khandkar, Gurwinder Singh Chandi and SK Utthappa scored for India.

Gurvinder Singh Chandi

File Photo: Gurvinder Singh Chandi

Speedy and skillful Indian team controlled the game and took the lead through Tushar Khandkar’s deflection on SV Sunil’s cross in 11th minute of the match but, but Edi Tubau drew the parity on a pass from David Alegre in 24th minute and Sergi Enrique made it 2-1 by converting a penalty stroke in favor of Spanish side to the much delight house full stands. However, World Number 10 side India’s forward Gurvinder Singh Chandi sent the ball home on a rebound from Spanish Goalie Cortes’s pad on  a penalty corner just before the end of the first half to make it 2-2 and went in lemon break with scores level. Continue reading →

Two new additions in the 22-member Squad for Europe tour

Goalkeeper Bharat Chetri has been retained captain and Sardar Singh will continue as vice-captain of 22 member Indian hockey squad for the upcoming European tour, which will see the debut of Nitin Thimmaiah and Pradhan Somanna . During the tour, India will play test matches against France, Spain and South Africa followed by a three-nation (Great Britain, India and Spain) invitational tournament in Spain.

Gurvinder Singh Chandi

Gurvinder Singh Chandi returns after missing the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

Yuvraj Walmiki who replaced Gurvinder Singh Chandi for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, is dropped as Chandi returns. Experienced Ignace Tirkey is back in team after he was rest, while Chinglensana Singh makes the cut after missing out the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

The three-nation tournament involving Great Britain, India and hosts Spain will be played on the blue artificial turf with yellow kookaburra balls.

India will play a total of eight matches during the three week long France and Spain tour, which are expected to help the team to acclimatise to the European conditions and will be last outing before they play in Olympics at Riverbank Arena, London. Continue reading →

India thrashed China 5-0 in Asian Champions Trophy (Men’s)

The young Indian hockey (men’s) team got off with a thrashing China (5-0) in their first match in Asian Champions Trophy. India led 2-0 (Gurwinder Singh Chandi (5th) and Yuvraj Walmiki (21st) ) in first half and Rupinder Pal Singh (41st), Rajpal Singh (43rd) and V Raghunath (62nd) scored for India in second half taking the tally to 5-0. According to news; China were defensive and looked handicapped in the absence of their best four players, though India are in similar position, India took the advantage of defensive move of China. Rupinder Pal Singh was good in defence but Rajpal and Sarvanjit Singh missed a chance in the 15th Minute.

Rupinder Pal Singh, Yuvraj Walmiki, Manjit Kullu, Harpreet Singh

Rupinder Pal Singh, Yuvraj Walmiki, Manjit Kullu, Harpreet Singh