New Delhi: The Indian Women’s Hockey team on November 5 lifted the Women’s Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament in Singapore, triggering massive celebrations. With 1-1 up till the 60th minute, Deepika Thakur, calm as a cucumber struck with just 17 seconds to go for the final buzzer to give her team a thrilling 2-1 win over China.
NewsX spoke exclusively to the stars of the Indian women’s hockey team, Rajani Etimarpu, Rani Rampal and coach Neil Hawgood to understand how they clinched the 4th edition of the Asian Champions Trophy in Singapore.
Speaking about their hard earned victory over China, Rajani Etimarpu said, “We did not lose hope till the end and it was our unity and hope that took us past the finish line.”
Further speaking about the thrilling encounter, star Rani Rampal said, “We had a lead in the first quarter which made the game more exciting but the last minute penalty corner goal was one of the best feelings ever.”
The third quarter of the thrilling match at Singapore saw China’s Mengling Zhong penetrate the Indian circle to score a quick field goal. But the Indian eves were unrelenting and had put China on the backfoot.
Coach Hagwood, who represented Australia in the 1988 Summer Olympics, however, had a lighter take on the win. “No coach wants to be in such a situation. It is not good for the heart.” He signed off by showering praise on the team and said that Hockey in the country is in great hands and that they will keep making us proud.