Manchester is round 140 kilometers from Birmingham and the venue of one of many largest triumphs for the Indian girls’s hockey workforce — remaining of the 2002 Commonwealth Games wherein India defeated the host to win their one and the one gold medal within the competitors thus far.
India defeated hosts England 3-2 in additional time to win the gold medal — coming again to attain the winner within the remaining moments of additional time. The two groups are on the trail to collision in Birmingham too as they’re in the identical Pool A with Canada, Wales and Ghana as the opposite groups and can face off of their preliminary spherical match on August 2. Winning that match and topping the group might be essential in order to keep away from robust Australia within the semifinals.
But lately India have discovered England a more durable nut to crack as in comparison with Australia, whom they defeated within the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympic Games final 12 months. India had reached the semis for Argentina adopted by a slim defeat to Great Britain, comprising largely of England gamers, within the third-place match.
So, it is redemption time for the Indian girls’s hockey workforce as it would intention to recapture the gold medal it gained in 2002. India adopted it up by ending second within the 2006 version.
Team India may also attempt to redeem itself following a disastrous marketing campaign within the FIH Women’s World Cup in Amsterdam and Spain as they completed ninth total
India girls are nonetheless smarting from their ninth place end within the World Cup expertise. Janneke Schopman and her workforce arrived in Amsterdam on the again of numerous good FIH Pro League outcomes, together with wins over the Netherlands and Argentina (at present the groups ranked at world primary and two). However, on the World Cup, it got here crashing down as India completed ninth after shedding their pool match to New Zealand after which shedding the crossover match to Spain.
With gamers corresponding to penalty nook specialists Gurjit Kaur, goalkeeper, and captain Savita and younger star Lalremsiami, anticipate India to bounce again in Birmingham.
Though seasoned ahead Rani Rampal will not be within the squad this time round, India did nicely within the qua
The Indian girls’s workforce opens their marketing campaign with a match in opposition to lowly Ghana of their preliminary spherical match. The main competitors within the Group stage for India will likely be in opposition to England and India will likely be hoping to get the higher of them to prime their group.