Hockey Junior Asia Cup Champions 2023
The Indian junior men’s hockey team maintained its continental supremacy by beating arch-rivals Pakistan 2-1 to become Asia Cup champions in Salalah, Oman. Angad Bir Singh struck in the 13th minute and Araijeet Singh Hundal in the 20th for India, while Pakistan managed to pull one back with Abdul Basharat scoring in the 37th minute. This was India’s fourth title having been crowned champions on three previous occasions in 2004, 2008 and 2015. Meanwhile, Pakistan has won the tournament in 1987, 1992 and 1996.
Araijeet Singh Hundal, India’s top-scorer at Men’s Junior Asia Cup hockey 2023 with eight goals, doubled the lead five minutes into the second quarter. Earlier, India and Pakistan, pitted in the same pool, remained undefeated in the group stage after the India vs Pakistan hockey match ended in a 1-1 draw. India, however, managed to top the group as they had a better goal difference over second-placed Pakistan.
In the semi-finals, India trounced the Republic of Korea 9-1 while Pakistan defeated Malaysia 6-2. The Men’s Junior Asia Cup hockey tournament in Oman was held after eight years. The 2021 edition was cancelled due to COVID-19.