India clinched the maiden edition of the FIH Women’s Nations Cup with a 1-0 victory against Spain in the final on Sunday. The Indian women’s hockey team confirmed their place in the 2023-24 FIH Hockey Pro League as Gurjit Kaur scored the goal through a sixth-minute penalty corner. India finished the eight-nation tournament with a total of five victories in a row.
Meanwhile, Hockey India shared a video of the team’s celebrations after winning the trophy and collecting their gold medals. In the video, the India women’s team can be seen pulling off an epic celebration with their dance moves. The team returned to India on Monday morning. Here’s a quick look at the video that is going viral among Indian sports lovers on social media.
Warm Wishes for Indian Hockey Team
“Even though people of this country are busy with Messi and FIFA, we were with you throughout. Well deserved and well played. You as a team have made India proud,” wrote KV Narayan (@KVNarayan4).
“Congratulations, such a proud moment for the whole country, why this was not on the front page, is this not as important as FIFA?” Shefchef (@Shefali_br) commented.
India clinched the inaugural FIH Women’s Hockey Nations Cup title with a 1-0 win over Spain in the summit clash on December 17. The win sealed India’s berth in the 2023-24 Pro League.
Gurjit Kaur scored the all-important goal in the sixth minute from the penalty corner as the Commonwealth Games bronze medalists ended the eight-nation tournament with five wins on the trot.
The Janneke Schopman-coached side had beaten Ireland 2-1 via shootout in the semifinals here on Friday.
India were ranked a spot below Spain (seventh) in the FIH chart.
By virtue of winning the Nations Cup, the Indian team has been promoted to the 2023-24 FIH Hockey Women’s Pro League, a key event ahead of next year’s Asian Games and 2024 Paris Olympics.