Sardar Singh satisfied with India's performance in Hockey Champions Trophy
India were not one of the favourites when they headed to Australia for Hockey Champions trophy, but they surprised many with a fourth place finish. The Indian skipper Sardar Singh was happy with the performance of his players.
THE INDIAN Hockey team has returned home after they finished fourth in the 2012 Hockey Champions Trophy in Australia, which is one of the biggest hockey tournaments in the world. Only top eight teams participate in the tournament. The Indian team put up impressive performances as they topped their group but later lost to Australia in the semi-finals and to Pakistan in the Bronze medal match, but not without a fight. The team needs a pat on their back for such performances.
In this NNIS video, Sardar Singh, the captain of the Indian team said, “There were many youngsters in the team. The team played well. There were around 6-7 new players and the team even performed more than what was expected. We should play such competitions more, as it is going help in increasing the confidence level of the players. It was a good tournament for all the players. The Indian captain seemed satisfied with India's fourth position finish, which they achieved eight years ago."
After a disappointing performance during the London Olympics, expectations from the hockey team had taken a dip. But they looked a different side in Australia as compared to London. The Indian skipper also gave credit to the training camp that was held in Patiala, where they worked on their basics before jetting out to Australia. The positive results of the camp are for everyone to see.
The Indian players have earned a well deserved rest for the next four to five days before they prepare for the next big competition, Asian Championship Trophy at Doha. But one thing for sure is that this Indian side surprised many with their performances. Their real test lies ahead, where they need to be more consistent and win matches regularly, as they have revived the hopes of Indian history.