Passengers who had just landed at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru wondered why there were so many cameras and media standing at midnight. A few walked up and also asked us, “who is the celebrity you all are waiting for?” When they realised it was the victorious Asian Hockey Champions, they waited to take several selfies. (World Cup should be India’s next target, say former hockey legends)The Indian hockey team beat Pakistan 3-2 in the Asian Champions trophy hockey finals and returned home with a smile on their faces and a medal each on their neck.As soon as captain PR Sreejesh and three of his team members walked out of the arrival doors, people started cheering as the buzz had already gone around that the winners of the Asia Cup hockey championship were arriving.Out came the Indian hockey captain PR Sreejesh and with him his three other team members, forward Nikkin Thimmaiah, midfielder SK Uthappa and defender Birendra Lakra. The other team members landed in Mumbai and Delhi. (‘Proud’ Roelant Oltmans wants Indian hockey team to win bigger global tournaments)Proudly showing their medals, a quick group photo and then they began their media interaction.”We dedicate our win to India and to our jawans as they fight for our safety at the borders. The best part of any game is that we forget all that happens outside the field when we play, it is a game and we give our best,” Sreejesh told India Today. (This is how India outclassed Pakistan in the Asian Champions Trophy final)advertisementWhen asked about the pressure of playing against Pakistan in the final, Sreejesh said, “we channelised our thoughts on the game, we are taught how to handle such pressures and we did it well.”Sreejesh sustained injuries and could not play in the final, but the team spirit and the bonding showed as each of the players talked about the Asian Cup title and the team members. Beginning November 23, the Indian hockey captain is pinning his hopes on playing as he will need to get into a rigorous physiotherapy regime if he wants to participate in the upcoming Australia tour.Even while the media interviews were on the players obliged all their fanss who wanted to click pictures or take their autographs.Nikkin Thimaiah whose crucial goal sealed the match for the country was very upbeat about their win. “We have put in our best and now we will take this excitement forward and try and win any more games.”The players arrived at the airport from Kuala Lumpur after India reclaimed the Asian Champions Trophy hockey with a hard-fought 3-2 win against the two-time defending champion Pakistan in the final to level it 2-2 in terms of number of titles held by either side.At the end of the day, it was a goal accomplished literally for the team. But they have their eyes set on the Australia tour so that they can take their win a notch higher.