Asian Games: Olympian Sylvanus Dungdung Praises Indian Men's Hockey Team

India beat Pakistan 4-2 on penalties to win their first hockey gold in the Asian Games after 16 overs.

Updated: October 03, 2014 16:15 IST
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Indian players celebrate after winning the men's hockey final vs Pakistan.


Ranchi: Olympian Sylvanus Dungdung on Friday greeted Indian hockey team in reclaiming Asian Games gold medal, but said the team must have to improve on its finishing if it wanted to win the 2016 Olympics gold.

"I am happy that the team got the gold after the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games. But better finishing skills could have helped India finish the match in regulation time," Dungdung, a member of the 1980 Moscow Olympics gold medal winning team, said.

"Our lads got a couple of chances, which should have been ended in goals and prevented the shootout. They have to practice more as this performance will not be enough in the Olympics," Dungdung said on India's 4-2 win over Pakistan in penalty shootout after the rivals were locked at 1-1 in the final on Thursday.

India last won their Asian Games hockey gold in 1998 at Bangkok under Dhanraj Pillay's captaincy and Olympics gold in 1980 under V Baskaran's leadership.

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