May 17

Written by: Azlan Reporter
Saturday, May 17, 2008 


India in Azlan Final

Ipoh: It was again a first half double strike that enabled India to hold off a fighting Malaysian side 2-1 and enter the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament. It is India's fourth entry into the Azlan final.
 
First half goals by Shivendra Singh (9th) and Sandeep Singh (10th) put India ahead and they maintained the lead till the last minute before Mohammad Amin Rahim shot home a consolation goal for Malaysia.

With this win, India gathered 12 points from their six matches and set up a title clash against Argentina, who have finished with 14 points, on Sunday.

India, who lost their first two matches, continued with their impressive turnaround in the tournament to register their fourth consecutive victory and make the Azlan Shah final after a gap of 12 years.

India got into lead in the 9th minute when a Sandeep Singh slapshot from outside the Malaysian circle was deflected in by Shivendra Singh.
 
The spirited Indian forwards initiated a few more moves, one of which resulted in two consecutive penalty corners in the 10th minute. The Malaysians warded off the two threats but conceded a penalty stroke off the second short corner.

Sandeep Singh fooled the Malaysian custodian without much trouble to give his team a 2-0 lead.

After the break, Indian strikers showed some agility and created a few opportunities.

They won two more penalty corners, but could not extend their lead because of their poor execution.

The Malaysians stepped on the accelerator in the closing minutes to give some nervy moments for the Indians.

They got a penalty corner a few seconds before the hooter and Mohammad Amin Rahim at last put it past Adrian to score the consolation goal.

 

Teams India Malaysia
Goals Scored 2 1
Shots Targeted 7 6
Circle Penetrations 15 13
Green Cards 0 0
Penalty Corners 4 4
PC Converted 0 1

STATISTICS

Last 3 Finals India have played in Azlan Shah

Date

Venue

India vs.

Score

Scorers

03/12/1985

Ipoh

Malaysia

4--2

Shahid(1),MP Singh(2),Tikken Singh(1)

31/07/1991

Ipoh

Pakistan

1--0

Mukesh Kumar

05/11/1995

Kuala Lumpur

Germany

2—2 (tb 5-4)

Mukesh Kumar, Jagbir Singh

 

 

 

 

 

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35 comment(s) so far...

Re: India in Azlan final

well played boys. u did not let it repeat the 2000' sydney
keep it up and thrash the argentinians and we will go from there

By yadpal ghuman on   Saturday, May 17, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

Congratulations to all indian where they are living in the world.Its great moment after 12 years,We really feeling proud.But now need very good plan to beat Argentina.Nothing is impossible infront of man with spirit and who loves to his country pride.
From management and boys they know what all hockey lovers and every Indian want.
Good luck boys

By BALBIR UAE on   Saturday, May 17, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

Well played boys!! The whole of India are behind you, GO GIVE UR BEST!!

By Sarnab on   Saturday, May 17, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

Chak de India. Congratulation to all Indian. India can do everything unless bad management or no political interference.

By Raj on   Sunday, May 18, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

Thats an amazing news. Hope the boys and the management are now completely focussed on the game, forget any poltics ad bring back our lost glory.

All the best dera team.

By Joseph Joshi on   Sunday, May 18, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

Well done Boys .Congretulations to all Indian Hockey lovers around the globe.Best of luck for the finals.CHAK THEO ONE MORE TIME.We all the suporters from Holland are waiting to see you all in Holland. God bliss You.Jai Hind.

By Devinder Basra on   Sunday, May 18, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

This win should be final nail in the coffin of PAGAL SARDAR GILL'S attachment to Indian Hockey. Show us that you are happy with the resignation of PAGAL SARDAR with you win in this tournament.

CHAK DE INDIA

By jags on   Sunday, May 18, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

Chake de phatte!!!!
Well played guys.
Carry on the good performance.
And keep the habit of winning.

By Dhruv on   Sunday, May 18, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

Chak De India, I am waiting for a day when I see India dominating the world of field Hockey. I have a great hope now.

By Tarun on   Sunday, May 18, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

I love Indian hockey team, all my prayers that you would bring back the Azlan Shah Cup...

By Rahul on   Sunday, May 18, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

well done india team and sundeep singh.slap on K.P.S Gill and other sacked members.

By s.pillay on   Sunday, May 18, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

We all are proud of you guys...just go out there in the field and give every bit in you...and u will have the dream come true...good luck

By Karthik on   Sunday, May 18, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

Win or loose india is the best. ( chakde india).

By Bhupinder Plaha on   Sunday, May 18, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

Congratulations, KEEP IT UP FOR THE FINALS
IF SELECTION IS PROPER EVEN WE CAN WIN OLYMPICS AND WORLD CUP I HOPE IOA WILL TAKE ALL THE STEP TO FORM IHF,

By RAMKI on   Sunday, May 18, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

well played boys keep it up, hope to see u playing in next olympics

By balwinder (punjab hawks brampton) on   Sunday, May 18, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

well played india. we are proud of you. hope you can bring the glourious days of indian hockey back.

By vipul nayar on   Monday, May 19, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

If a hastily picked and coached team can do so well can one imagine what a well trained and planned outfit can do???? We would thrash the aussies, the Dutch and the Germans!

Hockey is in India's DNA. All this talk of lack of size and fitness is crap. Indians are tough and fit and do have the killer instinct. It is all a question of facilities and tactics and backroom support.

A clever coach can use the talent at his disposal and hone the team. The aussies have done just that. They use every style of play and a lot of off the ball running. The opponent should never anticipate your moves. So keep him guessing. There should be imagination and several combinations. Now everyone knows Sandeep will flick the ball in and will counter him. So we need more imagination and seveal variations.

India should have a pool of 100 players from the junior level onwards. I repeat its all about tactics. Every player in the world is reasonably fit now. But better tactics wins the day.

How come we have no umpires at the tournament??? We need to work on these aspects -- these 'accessories' are important -- umpires and coaches of international claibre.

Incidentally, where is Ric Charlesworth?? Is he with the team??

Plus the media obssession with cricket should be replaced. We wont win a medal in the coming Olympics. This obssession with cricket has killed every other sport in the country. And, even after all that, we are still only in the top 5 or 6 in world cricket. And very few countries play the game.

It is all about marketing. Indian hockey should get a man like mallaya or Ambani. Once he pumps in money for five years with targets and timelines and schedules and performance guarantees, we will be back on top. Indian hockey should be run like a corporate set-up with stakeholders involved.

Despite every imaginable damage done to Indian hockey we have still reached the Azlan final.

Jai Hind!!

By rajendar menen on   Monday, May 19, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

Glad Gill is out with that al boys can hold their head high without flexing their knees to the ex-policeman whose hubris was ugly. Let's hope the young boys give their very best....what ever the esult we want to see the boyss playing their heart out.

We are all with you.

By Rara on   Monday, May 19, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

Glad Gill is out with that al boys can hold their head high without flexing their knees to the ex-policeman whose hubris was ugly. Let's hope the young boys give their very best....what ever the esult we want to see the boyss playing their heart out.

We are all with you.

By Rara on   Monday, May 19, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

congratulations for team India but work is not done yet. go to win final.
PLEASE ALSO PROVIDE TIMINGS (BROADCASTING TIME) OF MATCHES ALONG WITH SHEDULE. ALSO TRY TO GIVE LIVE SCORE. thanks

By Shyam on   Monday, May 19, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

any one has any idea what time (IST) final game telecast is ?

By bablu on   Monday, May 19, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

"chek de india" i wish all the best to our team members. i think in final the same spirit will be continue and i wish you the trophy is our.

By p.babujee on   Monday, May 19, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

Its great to reach the finals. Well the job is half done and we need to win the finals. Win or lose give ur best .
CHAK DE INDIAN HOCKEY!!!!

By Pravar Sharma on   Monday, May 19, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

All the best india chakede india.Comeon sandeep.

By SINGH on   Monday, May 19, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

well played boys keep it up, hope to see u playing in next olympics and winnig gold Medal for India.
Good luck

By AMAN on   Monday, May 19, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

All the best for Indian hockey team
Now the sponseres shuold come to lift the hockey

By SHYAMAL ROY on   Monday, May 19, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

which chanel cover final match and what time plz tell me

By subham on   Monday, May 19, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

well done boys..all r proud of u all..today wid sheer pride im so glad to say im a very happy indian hockey fan...good that the good for nothing gill is sacked..cheers boys and all the best for the finals..pls bring bck the much awaited trophy.....
congrats india...congrats dhanraj..shame on u gill...

By jerson ferns(hyd) a die hard hockey fan... on   Monday, May 19, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

bravo!!!now just continue the same form.we want you to win the world cup too.try your best in the finals.give your sweat and blood and you will surely win.

By arvind on   Monday, May 19, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

what time match will start. on which chanell

By subham on   Monday, May 19, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

Chak de phatte
Well done boys and give your very best in the final and bring back those glorious years
and a big smile on the face of every indian who loves hockey or any sport for that matter
we are hungry for glory.

By Cyril Dsouza on   Monday, May 19, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

Well, stunning performance by Team India. I want them to bring down the margin of the goal they conceded to opponents.

By KIRAN on   Monday, May 19, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

Although we lost in the final but still let it be a new road map for us which we lost very badly after 1998 Asian Games Gold as IHF could not convert the success in to a sustained process either performance wise or sponsorship wise (even much bigger than the present scale) nor it could manage media attention like Cricket.

Its a victory in defeat for a very young side not only going through building up process but
amidst turmoil.

By PARTHA MUKHERJIE, RISHRA,HOOGHLY,W.B. on   Monday, May 19, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

Well Done India. Youngsters are better than the senior team. Keep it up.

By Andy on   Monday, May 19, 2008

Re: India in Azlan final

No issues we lost in final.., but this team has atleast bought some proud.., there is no case of senior or junior... mr PARTHA MUKHERJEE., the question was of management.., the team is now under good people......hope there is good future of INDIAN TEAM

By Dilbeer Singh on   Saturday, May 24, 2008

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