In the recently concluded Asia Cup of Hockey at Dhaka, Bangladesh, which the Indian Team has won after a gap of 10 Years, there were two outstanding players from the Indian Army namely Havildar Akash Chikte (Indian Goal Keeper No 1) and Recruit Suraj Karkera (Indian Goal Keeper No 2).
Owing to the extra-ordinary performance, Havildar Akash Chikte was adjudged as the best Goal Keeper of the tournament. Both players were felicitated by General Bipin Rawat, COAS on 31 Oct 17.
Havildar Akash Chikte was also promoted to the rank of Naib Subedar by the COAS as per the existing provision. Hockey is India’s national game and is making a comeback of sorts.