India won the men’s Asian Champions Trophy hockey defeating Malaysia 4-3 in the final at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium in Chennai on August 12. The win was a historic fourth title win for India. With the victory, the team has soared to third place in the latest FIH rankings.
The Asians hockey champions made a remarkable comeback in 11 minutes, overturning a 1-3 score in the first half to a thrilling 4-3 victory over Malaysia. From the Indian side, Jugraj Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored the goals. Kamal Abu Arzai, Razie Rahim, and Aminudin Muhamad scored from the Malaysian side.
India remained unbeaten throughout the competition, winning all but one match against Japan in the group-stage, where they were held to a 1-1 draw. They beat China 7-2, defeated Malaysia 5-0, edged defending champions South Korea 3-2, before hammering Pakistan 4-0 in the group-stage. In the knockouts, India beat Japan 5-0 before beating Malaysia 4-3 in the final.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin lauded Team India on their Asian Champions Trophy triumph and announced a cash prize of ₹1.1 crore for the winning team. Hockey India also announced a cash prize for the players and support staff.