For the first time in the last 38 years India has secured a place for itself in Champions Trophy final. Previously, India had only won a bronze medal in 1982, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. However, in the finals, India went down fighting against the world champions Australia, who defeated them 3-1 in the final match of the six-nation tournament.
India reached the final after Britain and Belgium played tie match of 3-3 to finish below the Asian Games champions at the completion of the round-robin stage. India got seven points with two wins, two losses and a draw. India impressive show throughout the Champions Trophy has brought into focus the team that almost fell off the world map after decades of international domination.
Winning a medal ahead of the Olympic Games was the agenda set for the Indian team, where four years ago they had finished at the bottom of the 12-team Olympic competition. The Indian team should also be credited for the impressive performance and making at Champions Trophy final without Sardar Singh, their regular captain and the standout player.