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Stats Speak: Asian Champions Trophy winner India in down under

By B.G.Joshi (Sehore-Bhopal, India)

Asian Champions Trophy winner Indian men and women will open their campaign in Melbourne Hockey Festival on November 23 against hosts Australia. Indian men (World Ranking 6) team will face Kookaburras (World Ranking 1) in 4-nations tournament league match, while Indian women (World Ranking 12) will challenge Hockeyroos (World Ranking 4) in first test of 3-match series. Statistical highlights are:

A: Indian Men
Till date 1613 matches played, won 887, drew 260 and lost 466.
Played against 60 teams, most versus arch rivals Pakistan. India records with Pakistan are:  Played-167, wins- 55, drew -30, lost -82.
In Melbourne it will be India’s 209th international tournament since inception in 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. So far India won 51 tournaments.
On Australian Soil India had played  24 tournaments comprising 2 Olympics(1956,2000), 1 World Cup(1994),2 Champions Trophy (1985,2012), 2 Esanda Cup(1979,1982) and 17 Invitations Tourneys. India became triumphant in Melbourne Olympics (1956), Perth (2000) and Sydney (2003) quadrangular tourneys.
Played 139 test series vs. 30 countries won 89, drew 18 and lost 32. Against Australia India played 6 test series, won once in 2014 only.

B: Indian Women
Till date 692 matches played, won 271, drew 115 and lost 306.
Played against 53 teams, most versus arch rivals Japan. India records with Japan  are:
Total-61, wins- 12, drew -17, lost -32.
Played 49 test series vs. 23 countries won 19, drew 5 and lost 25. Against Australia India played 4 test series, won once in 1967 only.
Head to head India-Australia women: Played-38, Indian wins-4, Australian wins-28, Drawn-6.

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