Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], August 11 (ANI): India hockey midfielder Sumit hailed the whole crew for his or her contribution because the Blues registered a thumping 5-0 victory towards Japan within the semifinal of the Asian Champions Trophy on Friday.
Sumit was one of many star performers for the Indian crew as his magical play handed the hosts their fourth aim of the sport. Sumit made a magical run contained in the placing circle to place the ball previous the keeper within the thirty ninth minute of the sport, to get the 4th aim.
After the sport, Sumit refused to take credit score for the aim and heaped reward on the whole crew as they shift their focus in the direction of the ultimate.
“It is not just because of my goal that we won, it is the entire team’s contribution…Winning the finals is more importantwe will focus on that,” Sumit stated whereas talking to ANI.
On the opposite hand, Jugraj Singh expressed the sensation of the whole crew and the significance of the victory by way of the upcoming Asian Games.
“We are very happy as today’s match was very crucial for us. Winning for us today was importantwe won…This tournament is preparation for the Asian Games because the same teams will participate in it,” Jugraj stated whereas talking to ANI.
While coming to the match, after a nervy begin to the sport, the hosts slowly gained management of the sport. An early penalty nook gave India a chance to go one in entrance. Skipper Harmanpreet Singh’s drag flick was met by Japan’s goalkeeper and so they replied with a swift counterattack to place the Blues in hassle. The last shot was a whisker away from the submit.
A minute later, ahead Shamsher Singh was proven a inexperienced card and he needed to sit out for the following two minutes. Both sides pressed arduous for a aim however the first quarter ended goalless.
The second quarter started in Japan’s favour as India made a mistake however Japan didn’t punish them. Akashdeep Singh made Japan pay by scoring the primary aim of the sport with a subject aim.
The Indian crew smelled blood and so they pounced shortly to strike twice earlier than the halftime whistle. A drag flick from Harmanpreet bought India their second aim of the sport, whereas an outstanding hit from Mandeep made the scoreline 3-0.
India got here out all weapons blazing to start the third quarter on a robust word. Sumit made a magical run contained in the placing circle to place the ball previous the keeper within the thirty ninth minute of the sport, to get the 4th aim.
Karthi Selvam made it 5 for India within the 51st minute after Sukhjeet Singh’s cross from contained in the circle.
India will face Malaysia within the last of the Asian Champions Trophy on Saturday. (ANI)