India beat Japan by 4-0 to stay unbeaten in 4 match #INDvJAP series at Bhubaneswar

The hosts India continued to improve throughout the series and finished the campaign with yet another win over visitors Japan in Bhubaneswar. After being held for 1-1 draw in first match, India won rest of the three matches to win the series by 3-0. As India won the 2nd match by 2-0 and 3rd by 2-1, they scored 9 goals in 4 matches and conceded only 2 in the 4 match series was live telecast by DD Sports.

Indian Hockey Team for India-Japan test series at Bhubaneswar (May 2015)

Indian Hockey Team for India-Japan test series at Bhubaneswar (May 2015)

With the series already in their name, India played to add another win to their name while Japan looked at ending the series with one win in their name. It was finally India who stamped its dominance as they went on to win the match 4-0 and claiming the series 3-0. With this India will now be eyeing the FIH World League Semi-Final slated in Belgium next month. Continue reading →

India beat Japan by 2-1 in 3rd Match of 4 Test Series at Bhubaneswar

After leading the four-match Test Series by 1-0, India edged past Japan by 2-1 in the third match and won the series by 2-0. Penalty corner specialist VR Raghunath converted another corner with an ease whereas Akashdeep Singh displayed a brilliant stick-work when he scored the second goal for his team. After a tough fight Japan’s Hirotaka Wakari scored the lone goal for his team.

Indian Hockey team huddles at Kalinga Hockey Stadium, Bhubaneswar during India-Japan test series (May 2015)

Indian Hockey team huddles at Kalinga Hockey Stadium, Bhubaneswar during India-Japan test series

India had won the 2nd match of the series by 2-0, after being held for 1-1 draw by japan in first match. Debutant Harmanpreet Singh and other youngsters in the team such as Lalit Upadhyay, Pardeep Mor, looked in good form and confident on the field.

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India beat Japan by 2-0 in 2nd test at Bhubaneswar

After settling for a 1-1 draw against Japan in the first match of the Indo-Japan series, India confidently defeated Japan 2-0 in the second match of the series at Bhubaneswar today.

Local lad Birendra Lakra launching an attack after receiving a pass dissecting at least 3 Japanese players from youngster Pardeep Mor at Indo-Japan test series at Bhubaneswar

Local lad Birendra Lakra launching an attack after receiving a pass dissecting at least 3 Japanese players from youngster Pardeep Mor at Indo-Japan test series at Bhubaneswar

The match had an interesting start where both the teams came out all attacking and showcased a fast paced game from the very beginning. While Japan was looking for a calculative move to enter into the Indian half with their long passes, the strong Indian boys were seen in full throttle to strengthen their defence line and create an initial opening in the match. With both the teams unable to score on the opportunities, the first quarter of the game went goalless. Continue reading →

Kothajit and Birendra played 100th Match, as Japan held India for 1-1 Draw

In the opening match of India-Japan Series at Bhubaneswar, the visitors held the hosts for 1-1 draw in front a good number of spectators at Kalinga Stadium.

India vs Japan test series at Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar

India vs Japan test series at Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar

Japan took the initial lead in the 19th minute of the match and was leading the game 1-0 till lemon break. India equalized through a good flick on penalty corner by VR Raghunath in 44th minute. Once scores were level, both the teams tried hard to get the winner and had chances but failed to score. Continue reading →

Well-prepared India and Japan teams arrive in Bhubaneswar today

Just two days before the India-Japan Test Series 2015, both the national teams of Japan and India reached Bhubaneswar today. It was the Japan team who arrived first at the morning with full strength and confidence to surprise higher-ranked Indian team at the Kalinga Stadium.

The Indian team arrived at noon after concluding a nine-day preparatory camp in New Delhi. Post finishing at 3rd position in the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, the team is looking for a series win against FIH Rank 16 Japan. For India, the Test series will be in preparation for the upcoming FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final in Antwerp, Belgium, scheduled in June. While for Japan, the series will help them gear-up for the FIH Hockey World League Semi-Final in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to be held in June again. Continue reading →

Pardeep is excited to be in team for India Japan Series

The Indian Men team for the upcoming India Japan Series was announced today. The 4 match series scheduled in Bhubaneswar from 3-9 May 2015 and will be live on DD Sports. Indian squad of 24 players include youngsters like Lalit Upadhyay, Pardeep Mor, Harmanpreet Singh. Following a stellar performance in Railway’s gold medal at Hockey Nationals 2015, Yuvraj Walmiki will also be seen in the taking on Japan at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

Pardeep Mor (Indian Hockey Player)

Pardeep Mor

Speaking with this website, young midfielder Pardeep Mor from Haryana seemed excited about his inclusion in the team and he said is ready to grab the opportunity with both hands.

Pardeep said, “I have been working hard for a chance to play in the senior team. I have always gave my best domestic tournaments and Hockey India League. I am very excited to be in team along with all senior players. I will give my best shot during the India-Japan Series. Continue reading →