The Indian men's recurve team of Atanu Das, Dheeraj, and Tarundeep Rai, on Sunday, won the silver medal at the 2023 Archery World Cup Stage 1 in Antalya, after losing in a shoot-off to China in the final.
The Indian trio started off very slowly with just a solitary 10 from Dheeraj in the first two sets as they trailed 0-2.
However with the gold medal on the line, the experienced Das and Rai stepped up as perfect supporting cast to the young Dheeraj as they won the third set 59-58 to start a comeback.
India took home the fourth set as well, thanks to an eight from China with their final shot, to force a shoot-off.
The shoot-off ended with both India and China level at a score of 28, but the latter took home the gold medal in their first World Cup appearance in over four years with an inner-ten.
While this contest brings an end to Atanu Das and Tarundeep Rai's campaign in Antalya, Dheeraj will be in action in men's individual recurve semifinal later on Sunday.