To say IOC is a fantastic team because of its international players — 12 to be precise — is to state the obvious.
The real reason for its successful record, especially in 2018-2019 where it won eight of the 11 tournaments it took part in, is the near-perfect understanding between the players. All of it was evident in the final of the MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup all-India hockey tournament when it tamed Punjab National Bank (PNB) 3-1.
Gurjinder Singh has always been a big-match player in domestic hockey. In the last edition, he was instrumental in IOC’s title triumph. This time too, the 25year-old turned out to be its hero, scoring a brace as the side retained the crown.
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September 9, 2019