Gurjant Singh and Simranjeet Singh contributed with two well-worked goals to deliver India a comfortable 2-1 victory over Belgium in the Hockey Junior World Cup final on Sunday. The young Indian team thus ended a 15-year wait to win the Junior Hockey World Cup, and the Dhyan Chand stadium in Lucknow erupted with joy.
India also became the first ever host nation to lift the trophy. A performance this impressive understandably received plaudits from all around, and several came forth on Twitter to congratulate the team on their incredible feat. Here is a collection of tweets on India's historic win.
Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik produced some fantastic work in celebration of the much awaited victory.
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) December 18, 2016
Sports minster Vijay Goel also had kind words for the team, although he may need to work on his analogies.
— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) December 18, 2016
Other ministers were no slouches either, and the praise came pouring in.
Amazing performance by our young guns. Many congratulations to Indian Junior Men Hockey Team on winning the World Cup tittle. Jai Hind. pic.twitter.com/KiKf4bb1I4
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) December 18, 2016
— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) December 18, 2016
Senior hockey players also lauded the efforts of the young stars.
— Manpreet Singh (@manpreetpawar07) December 18, 2016
— Kieran Ian Govers (@Wizza27) December 18, 2016
Well done our @TheHockeyIndia men's team for winning Junior World Cup 2016. Time to celebrate.
— Rani Rampal (@imranirampal) December 18, 2016
Congratulations to the Indian team for winning the Junior World Cup aft 15 yrs. spectacular win over Belgium. Jai Hind!! @TheHockeyIndia
— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) December 18, 2016
Boxing champion Vijender Singh also showed his support.
Congratulations Indian men's hockey team @TheHockeyIndia for winning Junior World Cup by defeating Belgium
— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) December 18, 2016
Indian cricketers, both past and present, congratulated the "brilliant" side.
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) December 18, 2016
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 18, 2016
Well done junior Indian Hockey Team. Winning World Cup is everyone's dream. Here's to the celebrations #HJWC2016
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) December 18, 2016
— Manoj Tiwary (@tiwarymanoj) December 18, 2016
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Updated Date: Dec 18, 2016 21:10:16 IST