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It’s raining goals in the Bridgestone WSH

  • Young Indian hockey players are playing attacking hockey and not goal shy
  • Players exhibit high standard of fitness
  • There are around 9-10 penalty-corner specialists playing in the league
Len Aiyappa in Action for Karnataka Lions

Len Aiyappa in Action for Karnataka Lions

New Delhi, March 12: A total of 128 goals have been scored in 24 matches till now in the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey. It’s a brilliant sign for Indian hockey – that if given an opportunity to excel with international players in an open (four quarters of 17 ½ minutes each) and competitive format, young Indian hockey players have the hunger and passion to become a winner.

The floodgates were opened right in the first match – the Bhopal Badshahs- Chandigarh Comets clash produced seven goals in a tie which ended around midnight. After 24 matches, the trend is growing at a stunning pace, with an average of  5+ goals per match. For a nation known for producing brilliant attacking hockey but being perennially goal shy, this is a path-breaking trend. Continue reading →

Sher-E-Punjab pip Bhopal Badshahs 3-2 in a thriller

Bhopal: In a match that witnessed many highs, skills and dogged fightbacks, the clash between Sher-E-Punjab and Bhopal Badshahs went right up to the wires, with the visitors winning 3-2 here on Saturday.

Star forward Deepak Thakur chose the right moment to steal the limelight in the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey as he struck two goals in this crucial tie against the Badshahs. Thakur struck the first two goals in the 17th and 46th minutes and team-mate Harpreet Singh posted the third goal as the Shers returned to the top position in the points table after losing their previous two matches.

The man-in-form for the Badhshahs, Sameer Dad, struck the equaliser in the 22nd minute and young sensation Lali Upadhyaya scored the second goal in the 58rd minute. The inspiring Dad came close to equalize three minutes before the hooter in a penalty corner drill, but his short deflection agonizingly hit the post and spun beyond the baseline.  Continue reading →

Badshahs rule as Wizards magic fails

  • Laxman Karan Baskaran, AB Cheeyanna star in 2-1 win over Delhi Wizards
  • Sameer Dad declared Man of the Match

In a thrilling contest, Bhopal Badshahs outmaneouvred Delhi Wizards 2-1 to take the top position in the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey here on Friday. Earlier before this match, Pune Strykers and Mumbai Marine were occupying the top-2 position respectively, but the Badshahs just flew over them in the points tally with a fine victory in the 20th match of the tournament, the last match of the day.

Some stars never tire or let their energy fade with age. Sameer Dad of Bhopal Badshahs proved so authoritatively when he set up youngsters for goals on umpteenth occasions in 70 minutes of play, and was the main catalyst of his team’s thrilling win over the hugely talented but increasingly less opportunistic Delhi Wizards.

The match started on a breathtaking pace. Badshahs went up when Dad fetched a penalty corner against the run of play and let others to do the rest. Young gun Laxman Baskaran made his Olympian father and coach of his team, Vasudevan Baskaran, proud with his deadly grounder (14th minute. Wizards goalkeeper Kamaldeep Singh spotted the flight of that blinder, but the sheer power was too much for him to stop the ball from its intended destination.  Continue reading →

Pune Strykers draw 1-1 against Bhopal Badshahs

There is something about Pune Strykers and thrillers in the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey. There were two good teams, two good coaches, tight midfield displays from both sides and finally two goals were shared equally in probably one of the best match of the tournament till date, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Young Affan Yousuf rescued Bhopal Badshahs in the dying seconds as the visitors scrambled home with honours intact against the rampaging Strykers.

This was the first match played on Pune Strykers home ground and they had young penalty-corner specialist Gurpreet Singh to thank for providing them to a flying start, with a goal in the 27th minute. The 25-year-old Gurpreet now heads the individual goals tally with Pakistani drag-flicker Imran Warsi with eight goals each for the ‘Golden Stick’ race. However, the Badshahs proved they could absorb pressure and came back strongly towards the ‘death’ in the match. Yousuf sounded the board from a goalmouth melee which followed after they were awarded two consecutive penalty-corners in the final phase of the match.  Continue reading →

Lions Lost at Their Den, Young Badshah Karan Shines with a Brace

Bangalore, 5 March 2012: A brilliant brace by young Karan Laxman Baskaran fashioned a 3-1 victory for Bhopal Badshahs who defeated hosts Karnataka Lions in their first home match at the KSHA turf here on Monday.

Bhopal Badshahs Greet Spectators After the Match

Bhopal Badshahs Greet Spectators After the Match

Lions are yet to open their account in the Bridgestone World Series Hockey are lying at the bottom of the table while Bhopal Badshahs have six points from two wins and one loss as they returned to winning ways here. Karan has made his father and coach Baskaran proud as he has been playing a crucial role in all the matches Bhopal Badshahs won.

The last Olympian who led India to a gold medal at Olympics has returned to coaching in the World Series Hockey.

The action-packed third quarter saw Karnataka Lions take a lead in the 41st minute through veteran star Dhanraj Pillay, who showed glimpses of his famed stick-work and aggression. Put in possession by Arjun Halappa, he overcame a defender and tapped in near the left post on his second attempt. Arjun Halappa played his heart out for the Lions but could not help his team win today. Continue reading →

Badshahs reign over Comets in 4-3 thriller in Bridgestone WSH

Laxman stars with 2 goals; last 4 goals came in 7 minutes

Chandigarh, February 29: Bhopal Badshahs were off to a great start in the inaugural match of the Bridgestone World Series Hockey, clinching full three points. The Badshahs beat Chandigarh Comets 4-3 in a thriller which went down to the wires, much to the joy of the packed Sector-42 Stadium here late Wednesday.

Bhopal BadshahsThe last quarter witnessed four goals within a span of seven  minutes as Badshahs came from behind, firing all cylinders after trailing 1-2 at the end of the third quarter. The scorers for the winners were Laxman Baskaran (6th and 63rd minute), Geowynee Kyle Gamiet (26th minute) and Affan Yousuf (61st minute) while Gurjinder Singh struck a brace (22nd minute & 57th minute) and Jasjit Kular Singh scored the other goal (29th minute). Continue reading →