The Indian junior women's hockey team received a cordial welcome on their flight from Melbourne to Delhi after their victory in the 3-Nations tournament in Australia on December 8. The Indian team won the tournament as they finished top of the points table despite suffering their first loss of the competition, going down 1-2 to hosts Australia in the fourth match but still won the 3-Nations hockey tournament after finishing top of the points table.
India had seven points from four matches, ahead of hosts Australia on goal difference, with New Zealand finishing third with only three points from their four matches.
Soon after the players had boarded the Air India flight and settled on to their seats, the captain announced their presence in the plane and congratulated the team. Passengers clapped and cheered as one of the players walked across the aisle on the flight with the trophy - escorted by a cabin crew member.
"Congratulations to the team and it is a pleasure to have you on board with us," the captain of the flight said.
Meanwhile, the entire episode has been recorded in a video that has gone viral on social media.