5 reasons why India won the Asia Cup 2017
Let us take a look at some of the talking points from the the recently concluded Hockey Asia Cup held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
India have been crowned the Asian Champions for the third time in their history, beating Malaysia 2-1 in the Finals. India were dominant throughout the tournament, as they pumped in 28 goals and did not lose a single game on their way to glory.
What makes the victory even more remarkable is that India went in with a fairy inexperienced side barring a few players, who stood up to the occasion in a wonderful manner.
#5 The gulf in class
Even before the start of the tournament, India were the overwhelming favorites to win the championship as they were the highest ranked team, at no.6 in the World.
This was evident from the fact that they beat Japan 5-0, Bangladesh 7-0, Pakistan 3-1 in the League phase and then comfortably got the better of Malaysia 6-2 and Pakistan 4-0 in the Super 4 stage.
Their only draw came against South Korea, with the scoreline reading 1-1. The Indians were largely untroubled for most parts, and their performances, largely inspiring.