Indian National Women’s Hockey Team managed to achieve a resounding 5-0 victory against Ghana, but missed chances proved to be a major point of concern.
INDIAN HOCKEY TEAM WASTED MULTIPLE CHANCES, YET KEPT SCORING AT REGULAR INTERVALS
The Indian skipper Savita Punia sounded confident on the eve of the match. “We are confident about our chances to clinch a Medal and a resounding win against Ghana will provide the perfect start to our 2022 Commonwealth Games campaign,” she had commented.
Ghana initially struggled to adjust to the pacy technique of India, but they soon upgraded their game through spirit and determination alone. While India scored goals at periodic intervals, multiple penalty corners and infield opportunities were squandered. Frustration was apparent on the face of coach Janneke Schopman.
India played much better in the second half, terrorizing Ghanaian defence. The score could have been different if not for terrific defending by Adizatu Sulemana and goalkeeping by Abigail Boye. In their next game later today, India will face Wales in what is expected to be another dominant victory before they face challenging opponents such as England.
FULL-TIME 😍#WomenInBlue cruised past Ghana with a 5-star display to register a big win in their first game of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games!#IndiaKaGame #HockeyIndia #B2022 #Birmingham2022 @CMO_Odisha @sports_odisha @IndiaSports @Media_SAI pic.twitter.com/R1SLddF5NP
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 29, 2022
THEY LAST WON A CWG HOCKEY MEDAL IN 2006
Last time around, India finished fourth, returning empty-handed after losing a bronze medal decider against England. Not only did India lose, but they were completely outmatched by their English counterparts, losing 0-6 in the process. The World Cup was another disastrous experience, with the team finishing ninth.
Contrary to the fortunes of their male compatriots, the Indian National Women’s Hockey Team has won a Gold medal at the Commonwealth Games before. Hockey, now a core program that cannot be omitted from any future edition of the international multi-sport event, was introduced to the games in 1998. Indian women won Gold in Manchester 2002 and silver in Melbourne 2006. Since then, the team has experienced a medal drought that the current squad hopes to end.
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