Indian women hockey team on Sunday created a real life Chak De moment as they lifted the prestigious Asia Cup trophy and also secured qualification in next year’s hockey World Cup in the process.
The spectacular win was possible only because of goalkeeper Savita producing a stunning save in a tense shootout. The skipper Rani Rampal scored the winning goal giving India the much-needed lead in the game.
Savita was adjudged Goalkeeper-of-the-Tournament while Monica won the Woman-of-the-Match award.
It was advantage China as a stick check in the circle saw India concede a penalty corner in only the second minute of the game. However, Savita padded it away and an alert Deep Grace cleared the ball, reported IANS.
A second penalty corner was again padded away by Savita. With the first quarter ending in a stalemate, India came back looking determined to find a breakthrough.
The forwards made several forays into the striking circle. India found the breakthrough in the 25th minute through Navjot Kaur.
The team broke a 13-year-old jinx when skipper Rani scored the final goal and Savita foiled an attempt from the rivals to ensure a 5-4 win.
India had failed to qualify for the last World Cup and finished ninth in the 2010 edition, reported PTI.