Birthday boy Devinder helps Mumbai qualify for nationals
Birthday boy Devinder Walmiki gave Mumbai reason to smile by helping them qualify for the All India senior National hockey championship.
Walmiki scored a brace in his team’s 5-1 win over Vidarbha in the final of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF)-conducted West Zone championships at the Mumbai Hockey Association stadium, Churchgate yesterday.
India star Yuvraj’s brother Devinder turned 19 yesterday, but it was a silent birthday for him. “It’s a very special day for me as I scored a brace in the finals. I didn’t want to celebrate it in a big way as my brother (Yuvraj) is away playing in the 21st Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament in Ipoh, Malaysia. Also, I wanted to spend some time with my elder brother Ravi,” said Devinder.
Devinder apart, Suresh Kanjugam also scored a couple of goals while Laxman Rao scored the fifth goal for Mumbai. Aamir Shabbir Khan pulled one back for Vidarbha.
Mumbai will be joined by qualifiers from the other five zones besides Air India, Services and Indian Railways in the main phase of the senior nationals.
IHF is yet announce the venue and dates for the championship.