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Surprised by India’s show in Champions Trophy: Tom Boon

Surprised by India’s show in Champions Trophy: Tom Boon
Belgian sharp shooter Tom Boon, bought by Dabang Mumbai for a highly lucrative $103,000 to play in the upcoming Hockey India League (HIL), said he was impressed with the performance of Sardar Singh-led national team in the just-concluded Champions Trophy.

“They were really good. We were surprised by the way they were playing for 60 minutes. This is the first time I have seen India playing that well,” said the 24-year-old after unveiling his HIL club's jersey with team mentor and advisor Viren Rasquinha at the Mahindra Stadium on Monday.

India rallied to defeat Belgium 4-2 to enter the semi-finals of the prestigious hockey tournament, where they lost to arch-rivals Pakistan. The inevitable question was asked about the boorish acts of the Pakistani players after their semi-final victory over the host nation and Boon said he had never seen such a bad behaviour before in a hockey match.

“I thought it was bad. I don’t think it can happen in the heat of the moment. This is the first time I have seen such a thing in hockey. All I can say is when players put on their national jersey they represent their country. We always want to be at our best when representing the country,” he said.

Two Pak players, Amjad Ali and Mohammed Tausiq, were found guilty of making obscene gestures to the crowd and suspended from playing the final against Germany by the world body FIH.
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