Hockey Asia Cup 2017
Inside the Maulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium, there was a sense of relief in the Indian team. If Malaysia was disappointed in losing the final 1-2, India was simply glad they had crossed the finish line and secured a victory which halted a run of bad losses the team had piled up since the 2017 Azlan Shah and the Hockey World League Semi Finals in London. There were no screams of joy or massive excitement; simply a sense of respite, satisfaction, a kind of balm. Domination of territory and possession do look good for sports analytics but when it comes to stamping your class on an opponent whose tactical acumen kept margins low and leveraged opportunities, lifting the Asia Cup trophy was akin to a start on a jet propeller and a finish on an auto rickshaw through jam-packed Dhaka.