After Men, Women’s Hockey Creates History To Seal Berth In Semis!

In a stunning development after Badminton star, PV Sindhu had the tricolor flying high, the women’s hockey had news to deliver. The men’s team scripted history yesterday by sealing a berth in the semi-finals after 49 years.

And now, the women’s team followed suit by smashing Australia in a nail-biting thriller to stun them 1-0. With this, the girls marched into the semi-final games with their heads held high.

India's players celebrate after scoring a goal during women's field hockey quarterfinal match against Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo (PTI)

Gurjit Kaur’s drag flick from a penalty corner gave India the lead in the first quarter. Australia tried to strike back, binding us, and pinning us down.

But defender Monica was having none of it. She, along with goalkeeper Savita ensured that India does not give away their hard-earned lead.

The Rani-led forward line has been impressive throughout the pool stages but the likes of Sharmila Devi, Lalremsiami, and Rani herself have squandered many chances.

The Indians have also been below-par with penalty corner conversions so far with star drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur looking a pale shadow of herself.

The team secured 33 penalty corners so far from five pool matches out of which it managed to utilize just four chances with all the goals coming through variations.

With the win over three-time champion Australia, India looks forward to a hard fight with Argentina in the semi-finals.

Their impressive first win has gotten Twitterati crying with ecstatic joy.

https://twitter.com/TheHockeyIndia/status/1422059786493825028

https://twitter.com/saurab_N/status/1422060089653878788

https://twitter.com/AstroWaffen/status/1422064409568899076

A true Chak De India! the moment for all the lovers out there. The audience watched with bated breath their girls taking their legacy forward, and inspiring generations headlong.

Congratulations Team India! You have brought pride to the Nation by restoring the lost glory of India’s national sport.

For us, hockey is an emotion! Three Cheers!!

 

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