For a player with more than 150 caps for India, it's the team around Upadhyay and the experience he has gained over the last nine years that keeps him going.
Following the win, Hockey India announced a reward of Rs 3 lakh for each player and Rs 1.5 lakh for each support staff member.
Asian Champions Trophy: Indian women's hockey team looks to maintain unbeaten run against South Korea
India is coming into Thursday's match with a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Japan while South Korea also beat Thailand 3-0 on Tuesday.
India, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand are among the six teams who are prepared to compete.
The elevation happened due to their undefeated run in the Asian Champions Trophy 2023 in Chennai last month.
Hockey is a team game, so along with Harman, everyone needs to take responsibility. I am happy where I am at and I will give my best to the team.
The Asian Champions Trophy will see Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, China, and India go into battle to lift the coveted trophy.
In fact, India nearly came unstuck when Malaysia was leading 3–1 with less than 30 minutes to go, and the hosts seemed to be struggling.
India had achieved a similar ranking in 2021 after securing a bronze in the Tokyo Olympics, which was their first medal at the Games in 41 years.
The blue touch paper was lit in the dying embers of a third quarter which descended into mayhem after India were awarded a stroke with less than one minute remaining.
Jugraj Singh (9th minute), skipper Harmanpreet Singh (45th), Gurjant Singh (45th) and Akashdeep Singh (56th) were the goal scores for India.
While Japan did well to nullify India's weapons in the first quarter, the hosts slowly started to move through the gears in the second stanza.
Lots of ice, night-time hydration protocols and no non-matchday training sessions help hosts stay cool
India will take on Malaysia in the final on Saturday, while Japan will be up against defending champions South Korea in the third-fourth place play-off match.
He was equally measured when directly asked about his own role in the commanding 4-0 win over the Green Shirts.
Sreejesh, who has featured for India in several matches against Pakistan, does not want to get carried away with the dominant win.
They will hope that they can repeat some of those dance moves when they face Japan in the semifinals on Friday.
Harmanpreet scores twice as hosts pull off dominating win; Men In Blue to face Japan for a place in the final.
Having already sealed their semifinal spot before the match, India played confidently and completely dominated the match, while Pakistan were always playing catch-up.
The match will start at 8:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST), as per Olympics.com.