India beat France 4-0 to Win Test Series 2-0 as Pradhan Sommanna and Nithin Thimmiah Debut

Olympic bound Indian team started their last outing before the Games on high note, when they outclassed the French team to win 2 match test series with 2-0. India won the first match on green surface 8-2, while defeated France in 2nd Match 4-0 on blue surface (similar to Riverbank Arena, London Olympics Venue for Hockey) in Lille, France.

Debutants Pradhan Sommanna and Nithin Thimmaiah

Debutants Pradhan Sommanna and Nithin Thimmaiah

Indian outfit continued their Hero FIH Road to London (Men), Delhi 2012’s form where India defeated France 6-2 and 8-1 in League Stage and Finals respectively.

In the first test match of the series, it was France who drew first blood through Fabien Magner, but India did not take much time to equalize through young SK Uthappa. Sandeep Singh earned the lead for India and Gurvinder Singh Chandi doubled it to 3-1. Arnaud Becuwe reduced the margin for margin on penalty corner in the dying minutes of first half. Continue reading →