The Indian Men's Hockey Team defeated Malaysia 4-3 in the finals of the Hero Asian Champions Trophy Chennai 2023 on August 12, 2023 at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Hockey Stadium in Egmore, Chennai. With the win, the team takes their trophy titles to a grand total of four, and becomes the most successful team in the history of the tournament.
In the first quarter India took the lead with a goal from Jugraj Singh (9') which was soon levelled by the Malaysian side. The Malaysians continued the attack in the second quarter scoring as many as two goals in the 18th and 28th minute respectively.
With the score 3-1 at half time, India needed to make a comeback. The chance came when, Sukhjeet Singh was tripped inside the circle resulting in a penalty stroke, being awarded to India which was converted into a goal by skipper Harmanpreet Singh (45'). Soon another goal followed by Gurjant Singh (45') to level scores 3-3.
In the final deciding quarter, both teams created several scoring chances with India taking the lead courtesy of a goal by a trademark big shot by the experienced Akashdeep Singh in the 56th minute. With four minutes of play left, Malaysia were left with no chance to equalize the goal resulting in an important win for the Men in Blue.
"Congratulations to our Men's Hockey Team on the spectacular victory in the Asian Championship! This is India's 4th triumph and it showcases the tireless dedication, rigorous training and unyielding determination of our players. Their extraordinary performance has ignited immense pride across the nation. Best wishes to our players for their future endeavours," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said congratulating the team on their victory.