Cricketers react to Indian women’s hockey team’s historic march to Olympic Semi-finals

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Back in 2008, the movie “Chak de India” revitalized India’s love for hockey. But in real life, Indian hockey was going through one of its darkest phases. The men’s team failed to qualify for the Olympics which were held in Beijing in 2008. It was the first instance when the eight-time gold medalist couldn’t make it to the mega event after their debut way back in 1928. On the other hand, the women’s team wasn’t even in contention to qualify for the Olympics. 

India women beat Australia to enter Tokyo Olympics hockey semi-finals

Fast forward to 2021 and the whole scenario has changed. Both men and women have stormed into the semi finals of the mega event.

Indian men’s team will be eyeing their first gold medal since the 1980 Olympics. On the other hand, the Women’s team will be looking to create history and win their first ever medal at the Olympics.

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On Sunday, August 1, Manpreet Singh and Co qualified for their first semi-final in 49 years, beating Great Britain 3-1. Monday, August 2, the women’s team played out of their skins and defeated hot favourites Australia and the table-toppers in Group B by 1-0.

Australia went into the quarter-final after beating Spain, Argentina, New Zealand, China and Japan with relative ease. But in the knockout game, they couldn’t break India’s resilience. Drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur converted India’s only penalty corner in the 22nd minute to give her team the much-needed lead. India were able to play out goalless quarters in the third and fourth quarters.

Rani Rampal’s troops did not succumb under pressure. The World No.2 team Australia could not withstand the toughness of the Indian Women’s team. In the semi-final on Wednesday, August 4, India will go head-to-head with Belgium.

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Cricket fraternity congratulates Indian Women’s hockey team for making it into the Semi-finals: 

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