Ipoh: India's campaign in the 25th Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament finished with a 0-4 loss to Australia in the final on Saturday, but captain Sardar Singh gave credit to the young players in the team for putting up a gritty display against the world's top side.
"We put up a gritty display in the final, but there were some errors in our circle and that caused the 4-0 scoreline," Sardar said after the medal ceremony.
"Australia are among the toughest opponents in contemporary hockey, but we have had a successful tournament."
Sardar said the youngsters in the team had gained valuable experience.
"We came here with a team comprising several young players with an eye on the future. These youngsters have gained tremendous experience against some top teams," he said.