"There is lot of time to go for the World Cup and we are showing improvement. If we keep the pace we have a fair chance to win the World Cup. We are moving forward step by step" - Indian coach, Harendra Singh
Apr 12

Written by: Sundeep Misra
Sunday, April 12, 2009 


India 3 Malaysia 1

India Lift Azlan Shah Cup

Displaying amazing flair and superb ball skills, India pulled off a brilliant 3-1 victory over hosts Malaysia to clinch the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament here in Ipoh. It was India’s fourth Azlan Shah victory. The earlier wins had come in 1985, 91 and 95.

Arjun Halappa won the man-of-the match award and rightfully so. Arjun was brilliant on the right flank and created almost six to seven moves.
Sandeep Singh won the top scorer award with seven goals in the tournament.

For India the scorers were Arjun Halappa, Prabhjot Singh and Shivender Singh. For Malaysia the goal came through Azlan Misron.

After an indifferent tournament with some dreary draws and tough wins, India for the first time played without a cluttered mind. They were creative in the midfield and a special word of praise for Gurbaz Singh who initially tore apart the Malaysian defence with his breathtaking moves on the right flank. It was later that Ignace, Sardara and Arjun dominated the Indian midfield.

Dilip Tirkey playing his 406th match was his old self. Rarely did he lose a ball or missed a tackle and in the second half, he snatched a ball away from Malaysia’s Kelvinder Singh and on the line dribbled past three Malaysian forwards to clear it. It would be a win that Dilip would remember forever.

Malaysia seemed to have learnt their lessons well from the 0-3 defeat to India in the league phase. They attacked from the word go, using both the flanks and a sturdy midfield propped it up well. India was rattled in the initial minutes as the defence found itself stretched. After the first five minutes, India settled down, killed the pace of the game and started their own build-up.

It was a Tushar Khandekar move that set up the opening goal. Tushar picked up the ball in the midfield and sent Arjun Hallappa through. Arjun’s pass found an overlapping Prabhjot who cut past two defenders and gave the ball back to Arjun on the left flank. Arjun’s tap towards the goal went in off Malaysian defender Baljit Singh’s stick for India to lead 1-0.

Malaysia refused to be drawn into their own defensive shell. They came out and took the game to the Indians attacking with zest and fervour. The reward came in the 11th minute when a goalmouth melee saw Azlan Misron crack the ball into the Indian goal as the packed Azlan Shah stadium came alive with the beating of drums.

Malaysia earned their first penalty corner a minute later and Sandeep Singh was struck on the wrist by the flick. Sandeep was off the pitch for five minutes as he needed an ice pack and came back with his wrist bandaged.
The counter-attacking continued from both the sides. Gurbaz was the fulcrum for India as he made stunning moves from the right flank, overlapping constantly and giving the Malaysian defence a torrid time.

With Ignace moving to the central midfield, India started to mount dangerous moves. In the 20th minute, Ignace gave a through to Gurbaz on the right whose shot cut through the Malaysian defence and found Prabhjot whose tap entered goal. India led 2-1.

The scoreline could have easily been up another goal in the 29th minute when after a Malaysian defence lapse, Prabhjot had the ball and ample space to take a hard shot but the ball sped past the post.

The Indian attacks continued as Ignace, Gurbaz and Sardara Singh turned on the power in the midfield. India earned their first penalty corner in the 31st minute but Sandeep’s flick went wide off the mark. With two minutes left for the break, Tushar’s cracking shot from the right flank was missed by both Shivender and Prabhjot.
At the break, India led 2-1.

Malaysia had a super opportunity in the 39th minute when Sandeep Singh made an error while passing and gave it away to Azlan Misron with only the goalkeeper Baljit Singh behind him. Baljit charged out and made a brilliant save diving to the right to swat the ball away.

Two minutes later India attacked on the right flank as Arjun Hallappa raced down and his reverse shot was taken on the pads by the Malaysian goalkeeper. But Shivender picked up the rebound and in a flash shot in for India to lead 3-1.

Any other opponent would have probably caved in under the sheer pressure of the Indian midfield but Malaysia showed enormous courage and counter-attacking power to keep the Indian defence constantly back-pedaling.

Another attack into the Indian half gave Malaysia their second penalty corner but Baljit Singh saved by diving to his right and deflecting the ball away.

Malaysia had a chance to cut the scores down when Pakistan umpire Zulfiqar Haidar gave a penalty corner even when it was clear that the ball had been cleanly stopped by Prabodh Tirkey on the stick. But Baljit again saved the Malaysian flick by taking the ball on the glove and deflecting it.

India held the ball in the remaining minutes rotating the pass around the midfield and creating moves on the flanks as time ran out on the Malaysians.

The Indian team did a lap of honour and carried Dilip Tirkey off the field, dedicating this Azlan Shah victory to the veteran defender who was playing his 406th match.

 India Lift Azlan Shah Cup

 



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62 comment(s) so far...

Re: India beat Mas 3-1, lift Azlan Shah Cup

I knew it...Yesssssssss

By krishna on   Sunday, April 12, 2009

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congrats!!

lets get the glory days back ...its the first step...Boys! job well done...

By Aman on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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that's a terrific news!!!!!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!

By imran on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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chack te phate kharhka te phate

By Harmesh Singh Judge on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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Yes this was very good win. We are one step closer to world cup.

By Venkatesan.V on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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chak de india!!!!!!!!

I am very glad to hear india won the AZLAN SHAH CUP. aslo realy happy.
Wish you to all player of Indian hockey team.

By Hamesh Tamore. on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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chak de India!!!!!!!

By Hamesh Tamore. on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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lage raho bharath. it`s a great win.

By deepu on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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Thats good

By Arun on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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well done india the next world cup is yours.
syabas to maalysia too for entering the final

By vijay on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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Congarts indian hockey. You give me a delighted momment today and keep my faith in hockey team. Forget the past and keep on wining . I am waiting for the world Cup.
Cheers
Thankyou

By Rakesh Saini on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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good win for india despite narrow espace in qualification round.
need to improve a lot to tackle top teams like holland,germany which are not playing.

By amit yadav on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! many many congrats INDIA!!!!!!!!!!!!! Chak De!!!!!!!!!!

By amit on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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CONGRATULATIONS. ABBNASH NIJJOR

By ABNASH NIJJOR on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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I didn't get to see the match:( which channel was showing it?? Bad media:(

By Harmeet on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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I request Indian Govt. & also indian media Please give some time or news for our national game hockey inspite of cricket

By Sanjeev Tewatia on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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Indian hockey performance is not as bad as is made out to be. This win in Azlan hockey final will bring more glory to India in future Cricket-like resurgence is in the offing for Indian hockey.

By G.Kandarajan on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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Congrats to Indian team and all hockey fans.CHACK DE INDIA.

By raj on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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nice well done,
where it is live coveraged?
i want to see the match. so please upload on youtube

By Dalvir Singh on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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Great india great, mixture of these old and young guys make the difference, superb skills they showed in the field , they played according to there plan. great guys . kepp it up. u will win world cup.

Enjoy your winning moment . we all are with you to make hockey a superb game.

all the best team india hockey

sushil

By sushil on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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It's excellent play by Indian team but no one should over excited as Indians have to face first 6 word ranking teams to obtain it's initial reward to improve the ranking.
Of course I congratulate all players.

By NAHAR SINGH BRAR on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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It's Great for India to win this Azlan Shah Cup. Keep it up.

By Kirti Mandalia on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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verry good chak te fhate

By Harmesh Singh on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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Awesome! its time people stand up and take notice of the achievements of this Indian team. All you Ric Charlesworth's out there, stop whining. We invented hockey and we know how to play it best. Hats off to the coach, players and the ad-hoc commitee. Please continue this performance. And guys i just loved the Indian team jersey. Has anyone got an idea as to where i can get one of those. Congratulations to all!!!

By thimmaiah on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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sandeep singh and hockey team is grait

By daljit singh on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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this win would act some breather atleast, but long term adminsitrative issues continue to bother us. I Would love the see the day when we would overcome these challanges and be top 4 nations in hockey and remain there. I strongly believe we belong to that arena.

By Pawan Arora on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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much needed win, we shud salute our team and shud stand by them, on their gud and bad days... congrats for Dilip Tirkey, for his achievement and Indian team for this victory, which took long 13 years...

By Rahul Bhandari on   Monday, April 13, 2009

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Now we should move into the top six in world hockey. We should get past Belgium, England and New Zealand in the rankings, and then move upwards. The infighting in the hockey association should stop and instead time should be spent in a huge media blitz for the game. The papers didn't even have the proper timings of the matches and hockey lovers didn't even know on what channel to watch the matches. Contrast this with the ad and media bltiz of even an ordinary cricket league.

In the last two matches we seemed to have learnt to keep ball possession in the final minutes. Against teams like Australia, Germany, Korea and the Nerthelands we need to get more creative. There is a pattern to our thrusts and clever coaches can easily read them. So a lot of the off the ball running and innovation should happen. Look at Australia; no opponent can read them well. In my opinion, they are the most creative team in the world. At least six of their players can score goals. Also, even if we get a foreign coach, Harendra and Dhanraj should be kept in the management of the team. They understand the game and give their all to the team.

Hurrah, we are moving in the right direction.

Jai Hind!

By Rajendar Menen on   Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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three cheers to the Indian hockey team. May they win the world cup next year. Hope the govt announces a cash reward for the team.

By Glenn Selwyn on   Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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Looking for this headlines from Indian Hockey........and finally thats great. Well done boys and hope the team continues this form and sponsors should encourage them.

By Rohit on   Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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Congrats for sandeep and co.
vaazhthukkal....

By Suresh Kumar,Chennai on   Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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It's very happy to know that INDIA won all matches to win the title. Our boys done the great job. Congrats to all of them to get this victory from the coach to helpers. Particularly the media which are not focusing the news except cricket. We have to search for the winning news in dailies and internet also. We feel very shame on this. If it is the cup from the cricket the head line in all dailies and will be that only. What ever may be the medias activities we the supporters and well wishers of you are here to encourage and pray for you all. GOODLUCK for all of you for all time in every aspect. India greets you all. Well done our boys once again and keep on this for ever. Thanking you all.
satheesh skj.,
Chennai.

By S.K.J.Satheesh on   Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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I am sure the win will give the much-needed boost to the nursery of Indian hockey - Sansarpur village. Cricket is fine, but the love for hockey should not wane. This hockey portal is doing great for hockey-lovers and journalists like me. Good luck!

Raj M. Atwal
Ludhiana-based Freelance Journalist
rajatwal55@yahoo.com
Phone: 09815698907

By raj on   Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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Congrats! Indian Hockey Team...Hope now the Indian Government see the Hockey team and appreciate them

By Vikas A on   Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL PLAYERS AND MANAGEMENT.

By harpal kang on   Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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Yahoo..............
we did it again............

By Praveen K Garg on   Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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Excellant terrific victory this is ...... Sandeep congrats pls bring more trophy to erase cricket in India

By Dinesh on   Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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Hurray... indian hockey is back at its best......

By Rakesh kumar on   Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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CONGRATULATE EACH AND EVERY MEMBER OF THE Indian Hockey Team and Wish Dileep Tirkey for his achievement, who has been the back bone of many Indian victories !!!

The Indian Govt should have arranged to have the Tournament relayed or the Sports Channel should have.

Well its time for the Indian Media to stop focussing on cricket and start praising the Indian Hockey Team as well which is our National Sport.

Kudos once again for the Tournament Win !!!.

By Nanda Kumar on   Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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Congrats to Indian Hockey team. This is the first step in the right direction. Even though Australia, Germany, Netherlands and Spain didn't participate, this is a well deserved win. India always loose in the first match and succumb to opponent's pressure in the last ten minutes of the game. That trend should be avoided. India should always have two drag-flickers in the team. In modern hockey, drag-flickers play a very significant role in a team's victory. It is true in the case of India with Sandeep Singh being the top scorer with seven goals.

By Joji on   Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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Congratulations India !.... Chak de India .... :-) Keep it up !

By Sher on   Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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GREAT JOB GUYS - HATS OF TO HARENDER - HE PROVED BY RECALLING THE SENIORS LIKE DILIP, IGNACE AND THE EXPIRIENCED ARJUN, PRABHJOT, PRABODH ETC THAT YOUTH AND EXPERIENCE COMBINED IS ALWAYS A WINNING COMBINATION.
HARENDER SHOULD BE GIVEN THE TEAM HE WANTS , MORESO AS HE HAS PROVED THAT INSPITE OF A SHAKY BEGINING (EYGPT) THE TEAM COULD COME BACK. IT SAY A LOT FOR THE MENTAL TOUGHNESS OF THE TEAM. A SPECIAL MENTION OF ARJUN HALAPPA, HE IS AN ASSET AND HAS TO BE TAPPED BY THE COACH IN RIGHT MEASURE.

CONGRATS & JAI HO !!!!!!!!!!!

By LEO on   Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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Congrats to Indian hockey team.Keep it up and wish you good luck for next month's Asia Cup.

By raj on   Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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Amazing win yaar !!!!!!!!
Congrats team India
Chak de phatte !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Kartik Gupta on   Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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Thank you boys. Ever since I started promoting hockey India did not fare well. I thought I was a bad omen ! I am glad you finally performed well. Keep it up, and show the youth, things can be achieved even in adverse conditions, if we keep our focus to it.
Meditate on nothing but "Triumph" (Win)

By amar duggal on   Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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cong'ts boys at last you proved india is the best keep it up and best of luck for the world cuo 2010

By Prakash hunsur on   Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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Great support to the hopes of rekindling hockey in India... kudos to you guys.
Keep it up.....

By Abhishek on   Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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CONGRATS BOYS!!!! Well Done, hope India does the same in world cup as well.

By Gurpreet on   Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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Inshallah! May this be only the beginning of the revival. With focus, we can be the best of the second tier and start competing with the first tier countries soon. The crowds will come back, the sponsors will come back, television coverage will resume and then the confidence and finally hope for victories.

Guardedly optimistic for the future while knowing that history can repeat itself. We won Azlan Shah in 1985 and I saw in person the WC of 1986 where India and defending champions Pakistan (who won in Mumbai, which also I saw in person) played for the last two positions. Muhammad Shahid anyone? Zafar Iqbal? Somaiyya? Mervyn Fernandes? We've had great players who haven't won at the world stage. Like I said, guardedly optimistic given the history we've had since the 80s.

By Rafeeq on   Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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Great job......let's get ready for Asia Cup.

By dhaliwal on   Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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Heartiest congratulations to the Indian Hockey Team. This was a good combination that took the top honors in the tournament. It should be continued, and the domesticl hockey championships must be started in different parts of the country, from where these players go to play and encourage the younger ones to take hockey as their sport. In last 4-5 years it was seen that the team was made from among 20 probables. It indicated that there was a scarcity of talent. If we want to make an impression on the WC and the Olympics, we must restructure domestic hockey.

By md. danish heyat khan on   Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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A.W.E.S.O.M.E

By Aneet on   Sunday, May 03, 2009

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Thank You my dear players. Congratulations to all of you with a special one for SANDEEP SINGH . In the final the defence played very well and congratulations to our goalkeeper for a superb game. And finally i wish the team wins the next WORLD CUP . Thank You all.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By C. Ashok Kumar on   Sunday, May 03, 2009

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Congrats India. Good to see you win.

I grew up watching Akhtar Rasool, Hassan Sardar, Manzoor Sr, Samiullah, Islahuddin, Kaleemullah etc dominate world hockey. The flair, the artistry, the majestic brilliance ... all gone now. Hope to see Pakistan-India finals in major tournaments again in my lifetime.

For old timers - http://www.rediff.com/sports/hockey/wc82r02.htm

By Paki Hockey Fan on   Sunday, May 03, 2009

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Well Done Guys!! Keep it up and let us win world Cup

By Harkirat Guron on   Sunday, May 03, 2009

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Firstly thanks to our hockey team for winning because last time we missed the title due to bad luck. I feel that in our team there must be more players like Deepak Thakur, Gagan Ajit Singh, Jugraj Singh, Sandip Micheal, Viren Rasquinha, Adam Sinclair, Devesh Chauhan who play good hockey but due to KPS Gill they all are away from hockey but now that Gill has gone we need to call them as they are having good combination. I also want to tell that captain should be the senior player of team because of experience not Sandip Singh. I think Dilip Tirkey should be captain. Also congratulation to indianhockey.com for running the site after many obstacles. The site provides very good information of current hockey.You should also write on the Azlan Shah not telecasted on T.V. channels. HARI OM!

By abhishek pandey on   Sunday, May 03, 2009

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Had to add this.

With almost zero print publicity, zero TV converage, no financial inducements, an ad hoc coach, no official hockey body standing up for the players, no grassroot talent scanning and zero input from the government of India and its people of a billion plus, the Indian hockey team won the Azlan Shah tournament.

WHY DON'T WE WAKE UP AND HELP THE TEAM TO A PODIUM FINISH IN THE WORLD CUP AND OLYMPICS!!???

Jai Hind

By Rajendar Menen on   Sunday, May 03, 2009

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MUBARAK HO.....!! Heartwarming news after a real long time.... I agree all the sponsorers/crowd/glamour/flash will come back once again to Indian hockey...the team just need to perform consecutive 3-4 grand wins

By Dr.Sarkar Haider on   Sunday, May 03, 2009

Good Show but we want more ...

Heartiest Congratulations to Indian Hockey team,

Job well done but its time to move on. We want World Cup and Olympic GOLD.

Waiting
Saurabh

By Saurabh on   Sunday, May 03, 2009

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congralation

By chandan on   Sunday, May 03, 2009

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Congrats yaro.pls Concentrate now on world cup.Dosto ek bar world cup dilado yar,really we all missing it.

By Rahul Mishra on   Sunday, May 03, 2009

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Bravo!! this is a step in the right direction. We need to keep an eye for 2012 olympic. Indian Field hockey...u guys are the BEST..despite of the the politics and officials in the IHF.

By Rohit on   Sunday, May 03, 2009

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