India vs Australia Commonwealth Games Highlights: Follow all the action from the CWG 2022 women’s hockey semifinal game which India lost in the shootout
India vs Australia Hockey, Commonwealth Games Highlights: India lose to Australia 0-3 in the shootout despite a courageous display in the final quarter, when Vandana Katariya equalised late. Earlier in the first quarter, Rebecca Greiner’s goal puts Australia 1-0 ahead in the first quarter. India miss three penalty corner chances in the second quarter. India miss a couple of crucial chances in the third quarter and Australia almost made India pay for that by winning a series of penalty corners but no further goals in the game.
Preview: The phenomenal success at the Tokyo Olympics has ignited hopes of in-form Indian men’s hockey team stopping the Australian juggernaut at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Australia’s dominance at the CWG is a matter of envy. Since the game’s introduction in the quadrennial event 24 years ago, the world No.1 Australia has been the most dominant force, having won all six gold medals till date.
Going by renewed optimism and belief among the Indian players, it appears the men’s team has a great opportunity to end Australia’s gold rush at the event.
The Indian team, which won a historic Olympic bronze after a hiatus of 41 years last year, has improved by leaps and bounds under Australian Graham Reid.
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India’s best result came in 2010 at home (New Delhi) and in Glasgow (2014) when it finished runner-up. The team finished fourth twice — in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, where the sport made its debut and in 2018 in Gold Coast.
In earlier editions, fitness was one area which was a cause of concern but the current Indian team is considered one of the fittest sides in world hockey.
The improved fitness has translated into results. After claiming a historic bronze in Tokyo, Indian men finished third in this season’s FIH Pro League behind Belgium and Netherlands.
And if the players play to their potential, there is no reason why the Indians can’t bring home their maiden gold from Birmingham.
But it would be easier said than done as competition in hockey at the CWG is pretty tough. Besides Australia, the Indians will also have to get the better of teams like New Zealand, England, arch-rivals Pakistan and Canada.
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