The ecstacy of India’s quarterfinal victory over Belgium in the Hockey World League at Bhubaneswar was subdued by the home team’s defeat in the semifinals against Argentina, but what missed many a eye was the dig German legend Moritz Furste took at Indian dragflicker Rupinder Pal Singh on Twitter, albeit sportingly.
Rupinder scored off a penalty corner during the regulation period against Belgium that ended 3-3 and then scored in the one-on-one penalty shootout as well but Furste spotted something in the Indian defender’s routine that prompted a tweet from him.
“That was sweet. But MotM should be @rupinderbob3 for the worst penalty ever, congratsT,” the former Germany captain tweeted.
Furste was replying to India goalkeeper PR Sreejesh’s tweet, in which the custodian congratulated fellow goalkeeper Akash Chikte for pulling off four saves in India’s 4-3 victory over Belgium in sudden death.
“The man of the match award should go to the goalkeeper – Akash #goalkeeper … who done a thankless job ….. well done brother. u r the man of the man today,” Sreejesh, who is in the final phase of his rehabilitation after a knee surgery, tweeted after the match.
And when Furste replied to him, Sreejesh added: “No comments brother @MoritzFuerste“, some of the twitterati‘s then went on to troll the two time Olympic gold medallist (2008 and 2012). Furste had also won the 2006 World Cup with Germany.
Rupinder made a return to international hockey with the Hockey World League 2017 Finals after a five-month injury layoff. Understandably, the dragflicker was not at his best in the tournament having spent almost half of the year in rehabilitation following a hamstring injury ahead of the Hockey World League 2017 Semi-finals in London this June.
After being pushed out of the race for the title in Bhubaneswar, India will now play for the bronze medal against Germany.
Upcoming fixtures (All times Indian Standard Time – UTC +5.30)
Sunday 10th December 2017
17:15: Bronze medal match – India v Germany
19:30: Final – Argentina v Australia