From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to eminent sports personalities, the country was wholesome in its praise for the Indian hockey team after it clinched the Asian Champion Trophy by beating arch-rivals Pakistan in the finals at Kuantan, Malaysia on Sunday.
Favourites India prevailed 3-2 over defending champions Pakistan to reclaim the trophy and present a perfect Diwali gift to the nation. This was their second gold medal at the Asian Champions trophy.
Goals from Rupinder Pal Singh (18th minute), Yousuf Affan (23rd) and Nikkin Thimmaiah (51st) helped India surmount the challenge from Pakistan, who rallied from two goals behind through strikes by Muhammad Aleem Bilal (26th) and Ali Shaan (38th) in the title clash of the fourth edition of tournament.
Here's how the who's who of the country reacted to a famous win, starting of course with Twitter superstar Virender Sehwag.
Yesterday Moral of the story :October 30, 2016
Very proud of our hockey team. Congratulations on winning the Asian Champions Trophy. @TheHockeyIndia— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 30, 2016
Great win for the Indian hockey team, delightful closing goal to make it 3-2.#INDvPAK— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) October 30, 2016
T 2427 ... INDIA HOCKEY CHAMPIONS ..!!! Beat Pakistan in Finals ..!! Congratulations .. INDIA BEST .. JAI HIND .. YEEEAAAAHH— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) October 30, 2016
But, perhaps the most heart-warming wish came from the other side of the border -- showing sports can go beyond all enmities.
Congratulations India for an amazing final match! It's always a pleasure to finish a tournament with @TheHockeyIndia! Well deserved 🏆🎉— Pakistan Hockey (@SalaamHockey) October 30, 2016
With PTI inputs