PM leads country’s praise of Indian hockey team

The Indian team settled for a silver medal in its best ever performance in the prestigious tournament after going down fighting 1-3 to world champion Australia in a controversy-marred summit clash penalty shootout late last night.

Members Indian men's hockey team take a selfie after being awarded their runners up medals during the FIH Men's Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2016.   -  Getty Images

From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to eminent sports personalities, the country was wholesome in its praise for the Indian hockey team’s gutsy effort that saw it clinch a historic silver medal in the Champions Trophy in London.

The Indian team settled for a silver medal in its best ever performance in the prestigious tournament after going down fighting 1-3 to world champion Australia in a controversy-marred summit clash penalty shootout late last night.





Only Harmanpreet Singh was able to score in the shootout, while S. K. Uthappa, S. V. Sunil and Surender Kumar all hit wide off the target. Just four attempts were required from the two teams as Australia had gained a winning 3-1 lead.

Indian cricket greats Virender Sehwag and V.V.S. Laxman also lauded the team’s performance.





Laxman tweeted: “Congratulations 2 Indian Hockey team on a well fought finals & a fantastic #HCT2016 ?? All the best for the future matches??

Olympic silver-medallist shooter and union minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said, “Fighting performance by Hockey Team India in Champions Trophy. Deserves applause. Congrats for bringing glory to India.”

Ace shuttler Parupalli Kashyap and shooter Joydeep Karmakar expressed their happiness over the team’s performance.

Kashyap said, “India Hard luck guys! Super show! @TheHockeyIndia @raghuhock @16Sreejesh #RoadToRio #HCT2016 #silvermedal.”

While Karmakar wrote, “No final results today, no ones taking the trophy back tonight? #HCT2016 drama unfolding in the most unprecedented way! Unbelievable!”

The hockey fraternity too was delighted with the historic result.

Regular skipper Sardar Singh said, “Great effort by our team in the finals of #HCT2016 and congrats for Silver medal. We will continue to work hard to make our country proud.”





Former captain Viren Rasquinha, who is now involved with non profit organisation Olympic Gold Quest, said, “Woke up feeling very proud of our hockey team. Well done.

“The Indian team can stand tall with their heads held high. Proud of the boys. You played your hearts out.

“Can’t remember the last time India did not allow Aus to score in normal time in a tment match (not test series).

Coach Roelant Oltmans was also satisfied with the result.

“What a great day in London. Unfortunately we lost the Finals on shoot-outs but we won confidence on our way to Rio. Congratulations Aussies.”

Rupinder Pal Singh tweeted, “Feel proud for your efforts boys! You all played your hearts out today! ??

PR Sreejesh, who led the team in the absence of Sardar, said, said, “We lost the match ..But .. We won millions of heart ..Be proud boys #silver #HCT2016 #BestOfTheBest @TheHockeyIndia.”

Hockey India was not left behind and said, “A very big congratulations to the @Kookaburras on winning their 14th Men’s Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2016!