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When did India last win an inaugural edition, Like ACT? (9/11/2011)
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When did India last win an inaugural edition, Like ACT?

Its not often Indian stick wielders win inaugural edition of tournaments. Though a major player and regular in many international tournaments, India hardly has the history of winning the first edition.

Except Olympics and Champions Trophy, India took part in the all other major global tournaments on its first edition, though. Azlan Shah Cup, Asian Games, Asia Cup, and the list goes on.

It is only in 2003, India won a tournament on its first edition. That credit went to Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad. Incidentally, India beat Pakistan in the final, spectacular goals coming from forward Gagan Ajit.

Almost eight years later, now at Ordos, a ghost city for many as hardly any turned up to cheer hockey in the stands, India again made the peck of history.

The former giants India and Pakistan had been trained by foreign coaches, from Australia and The Netherlands respectively, when this rarity again occurred after as many as eight years.

In fact, it is a poetic justice for India, as it used to be Pakistan that used to beat India comprehensively in the other major inaugural editions. Be it 1958 Asian Games, 1971 World Cup, 1981 Asia Cup, its Pakistan who did not allow India to win the inaugural editions. In the first World Cup, Pakistan beat India in the semis while India lost heavily to Pakistan in the first Asia Cup.

The Ordos success is all the more sweetening because it came against much odds; first assignment for a foreign coach, exodus of players on the eve of tournament, team starting the opener with a draw.

Significantly, it is a matter of coincidence that India wins a tournament on tie-break after almost 13 years, the 1998 Asian Games being the last one. However, in 1989, India won the Marshal’s Cup in Nairobi with ever-green Mark Patterson plying a heroic role.

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Congrats Coach
by Rakhee Sharma on 9/15/2011 11:06:04 AM
Many congratulation Coach.. Hope this is just a new begining.. Way to go.
Good Luck India!!
by Renganathan K on 9/13/2011 8:09:02 PM
It's time to celebrate! A great relief after Asia Cup disaster! Good Luck to Team India & our Couches!! Let's keep the winning momentum going..... :)
we started winning
by Ram Ratan on 9/11/2011 10:10:50 PM
we have started winning. no one can stop us
Congratulation Mr. Michael Nobb
by RAMAKRISHNAN RAJUNAI on 9/11/2011 7:42:16 PM
Congratulation Mr. Michael Nobbs and players for winning 1stAsian Champions Trophy it is long waiting victory, hope it is just the beginning of many many……..many more achievements to follow ALL THE BEST FOR FUTURE tournament

by michael nobbs on 9/15/2011 10:18:28 AM
thanks, you should be really proud of the young team. They played their hearts out for all of you. Michael Nobbs -coach