After Asian Champions Trophy win, India set sights on bigger global titles

News Agencies | First published: 31 October 2016, 17:47 IST
Indian Hockey team
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Chief hockey coach Roelant Oltmans has heaped praise on his boys and set his sights on bigger global titles after India reclaimed the Asian Champions Trophy by defeating arch-rivals Pakistan in an exciting final in Kuantan on 30 October.

India notched up a 3-2 victory in the title encounter against Pakistan, who were defending the title they had won twice in succession.

The title win last night presented a perfect Diwali gift to the nation as the countrymen were celebrating the 'Festival of Light'.

Oltmans said he had seen 20 India-Pakistan matches as a coach and knew the excitement of the sub-continental encounters.

"For the Indian players, there was no option other than winning the title here. We went in as the favorites and were the target of other teams, who faced no such pressure," said Oltmans.

"I'm really proud that the team showed its mental strength in the last quarter to clinch victory after we conceded two goals and allowed the opposition to come back into the contest.

"For India's hockey fans this is a major title win, but we have to go on and win bigger global events," Oltmans added.