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Asia Cup 2022: Twitter reactions as India drub Indonesia 16-0 to oust Pakistan, qualify for Super 4s

Action during the India vs Indonesia match at the Asia Cup. (PC: Hockey India)
Action during the India vs Indonesia match at the Asia Cup. (PC: Hockey India)

The Indian men's hockey team thrashed Indonesia by a humongous 16-0 margin to storm into the Super 4s stage of the ongoing Asia Cup in Jakarta on Thursday.

India's win meant Pakistan were ousted from the Asia Cup and also failed to secure a berth for next year's World Cup in India. Both India and Pakistan finished on four points each behind Japan. India qualified for the Super 4s on the basis of a better goal difference of just one goal.

Dipsan Tirkey scored five goals while Sudev Belimagga scored a hat-trick. SV Sunil, Pawan Rajbhar and Karthi Selvam each scored a brace while Uttam Singh and Nilam Sanjeep Xess scored one goal each for India.

Twitter reactions as India beat Indonesia in Asia Cup

Social media erupted as the Indian team steamrolled Indonesia 16-0. The Indians needed to score 15 goals to draw level with Pakistan and progress to the Super 4s.

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Fans, hockey pundits and former players congratulated the Indian team for their superlative performance in the final league match of the tournament.

Former Indian captain Viren Rasquinha congratulated the team and also had some interesting observations to share.

India beats Indonesia 16-0 and qualifies for the Super 4s #AsiaCupHockey2022. This means that Japan, S. Korea & Malaysia qualify for the FIH World Cup 2023. India qualify as hosts. Pakistan OUT of the 2023 Hockey World Cup
Some quick observations from the league phase #AsiaCupHockey 20221. Japan is one of the most improved teams in World hockey2. Pak still very weak3. Korea still way off their potential4. Malaysia deserve to qualify for WC 20235. Indian bench strength is a matter of concern

Fans were also happy with the performance from an 'inexperienced' team.

Hockey India sent an inexperienced team to the Asia Cup Hockey Tournament. After some losses, the team had to win their game against Indonesia with a goal difference of 15 Goals just to stay in the tournament.Result: India beat Indonesia 16-0. πŸ₯²

Indian senior men's team goalkeeper PR Sreejesh said it was good to see the youngsters step up and added that the real tournament begins now.

Good to see the young players made it into the Super 4’s.The real tournament starts now πŸ’ͺ#asiacup2022 #asiacuphockey @asia_hockey https://t.co/ibD4cg5xXu

Some fans also came up with numbers and exclamations.

India needed a 15-0 win over Indonesia to advance to the Super 4s of the Asia Cup, and guess what? They beat Indonesia 16-0, thus knocking Pakistan out of the 2023 World Cup qualifiers. Absolutely out of this world by the young inexperienced boys led by Lakra and Sunil! #Hockey
It rained GOALS.........Indian men's hockey team qualifies for the knockout stage of Asia Cup with 16-0 win over Indonesia, door shut on Pakistan.#asiacup2022
By far, the best goal of today's match, courtesy Pawan Rajbhar πŸ’ͺ and Karthi Selvam! Can't wait for the Super 4 stage!@TheHockeyIndia #asiacup2022 #AsiaCupHockey2022 #AsiaCup https://t.co/fDcd4nkoBh
Asia Cup HockeyIndia beat Indonesia 16-0 to enter Semis. That’s some drubbingHockey players need much bigger love & support from us, more than cricket actually#AsiaCup2022 #IndiaVsIndonesia

The young Indian team came out all guns blazing and were on the money from the word go. Knowing that they had to score more than 15 goals, the Indian team scored 10 goals in the first three quarters. Needing six goals in the final 15 minutes, the Indian team pinned Indonesia back as the strikers scored at will.

India will next meet Japan on May 28 in their first Super 4s match. The other teams in the second round are Malaysia and South Korea.

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