The Indian men’s hockey team, which shared the ACT title with Pakistan, arrived in New Delhi on Monday
Heavy rain delayed the start of the final on Sunday and even though the skies relented later, the damage had already been done by then. The turf was completely waterlogged because of thunderstorm and heavy showers and after discussion with both the coaches, the tournament director decided to call off the match and declare both sides as joint winners.
India won the toss of coin and earned the right to take home the trophy of the biennial tournament for the first year. It will be given to Pakistan for the next year. Since the Indians took home the trophy, the tournament gold medals were presented to the Pakistani players. Asian Hockey Federation Chief Executive Dato Tayyab Ikram said gold medals will soon be sent for the Indian players.
Akashdeep was adjudged Player of the Tournament while PR Sreejesh was declared ‘Best goalkeeper’. Pakistan’s Abu Bakkar Mahmood was named ‘Emerging Player of the Tournament’ while Malaysia’s Faisal Saari emerged highest scorer. India remained unbeaten in the tournament having topped the round robin stages with 13 points, courtesy four wins and a draw in its five games. Pakistan ended the round robin stages on the second spot with 10 points.