Lausanne: India swept the International Hockey Federation's (FIH) annual awards on Wednesday with five players and head coaches of both the men's and women's...
The V Baskaran-led team was the last to secure an Olympic medal (gold) back in Moscow 1980.
Manpreet Singh-led team rose like a phoenix and exorcised the ghosts with four successive wins, three in the league phase and this victory over Britain.
Harmanpreet Singh scored the brace for India while Rupinder Pal Singh scored against the Kiwis. But it was the safe gloves of experienced goalkeeper PR Sreejesh who ensured the team gets off to a winning start in the campaign.
Skipper Manpreet Singh, though delighted with the team's exploits against the Olympic Champions, cautioned his teammates about reading too much into the results.
Goals from Harmanpreet Singh (11th minute), Lalit Upadhyay (25th) and Mandeep Singh (58th) on Sunday gave the visitors a deserved triumph over Los Leones.
Argentina got off to a great start, raiding the Indian circle in numbers. Krishan Bahadur Pathak, who was playing his 50th international match, made three brilliant saves in the first quarter to deny the hosts from taking the lead.
A penalty corner earned by India skipper Manpreet Singh with just 25 seconds left for the final hooter changed the course of a tense battle against the Olympic Champions Argentina who were poised for victory with a 2-1 lead.
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