The Indian hockey team and Kidambi Srikanth saved the day for sports fans on an evening when Virat Kohli's side succumbed to a rare defeat.
New Zealand defeated the 'Men In Blue' by six wickets in the first ODI at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. However, India's hockey and badminton stars made it a Sunday to remember.
The Indian hockey team ended a 10-year wait for the Asia Cup as they beat Malaysia 2-1 in a thrilling final at Dhaka to lift their third continental title.
The last time India won the tournament was in 2007. They had also won it in 2003.
Congratulations Champions.Asia Cup Champions , hamara Hindustan. Wonderful effort to beat Malaysia 2-1 pic.twitter.com/DdoTeMDqrN— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 22, 2017
.@TheHockeyIndia Team has once again made us proud.Congratulations to the team & the support staff. Phenomenal win. #AsiaCup2017 #INDvMAL https://t.co/EVHNppxUhU— Praful Patel (@praful_patel) October 22, 2017
Meanwhile, ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth defeated Korea’s Lee Hyun-il 21-10, 21-5 on Sunday to lift the Denmark Open Super Series title.
On his way to the final, Srikanth had defeated Wong Wing Ki Vincent in the USD 750,000 Denmark Open Super Series semifinals and World No. 1 Viktor Axelsen in the quarterfinals.
Congratulations @srikidambi for your well deserved victory and raising the tricolour high in the Denmark Open finals.— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) October 22, 2017
Lost the cricket match but victory on hockey and Third Super Series title of the year for Kidambi Srikanth. Great win in Denmark Open final— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 22, 2017