India created history by winning the FIH Junior Hockey World Cup after a gap of 15 long years with a clinical 2-1 victory against Belgium in the final, here tonight.
The hosts scored two beautifully crafted field goals in the first half through Gurjant Singh (8th minute) and Simranjeet Singh (22nd) while controlling the proceedings for better part of the game to emerge as deserving winners.
The team coached by Harendra Singh in association with senior team’s chief coach Roelant Oltmans accomplished what the ‘Class of 2001’ comprising of some of the best of their times like Gagan Ajit Singh, Yugraj Singh achieved then.
This was also the first time a host nation has won the Junior World Cup.
The who’s-who of Indian celebrities sent in their wishes.
Extremely proud of our youngsters! Congratulations to our junior hockey team for winning the #JuniorHockeyWorldCup.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 18, 2016
The #JuniorHockeyWorldCup win augurs well for the future of Indian hockey & will make the sport even more popular among youngsters.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 18, 2016
Congratulations to our Junior Hockey team on winning the World Cup! A fantastic achievement after 15 years that has made India proud pic.twitter.com/BGRR8S2t7w— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) December 18, 2016
Baduuummbaaa >. !! India Juniors win World Championship Hockey .. INDIA IS NUMBER 1 .. the best .. well done boys Congratulations https://t.co/yzdMlGSs0C— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) December 18, 2016
The sporting fraternity, as expected, was full of praise for the team’s historic win.
Congratulations to the Indian team for winning the Junior World Cup aft 15 yrs. spectacular win over Belgium. Jai Hind!! 🇮🇳🏆@TheHockeyIndia— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) December 18, 2016
Well done junior Indian Hockey Team. Winning World Cup is everyone’s dream. Here’s to the celebrations 👏👏 🎉 #HJWC2016— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) December 18, 2016
Congratulations to the Junior Hockey Team for winning! Fantastic win! #JuniorHockeyWorldCup— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 18, 2016
Well done our @TheHockeyIndia men’s team for winning Junior World Cup 2016. Time to celebrate.— Rani Rampal (@imranirampal) December 18, 2016
Congratulations Indian men’s hockey team @TheHockeyIndia for winning Junior World Cup by defeating Belgium. 🏑🏑— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) December 18, 2016
With PTI inputs