After the Indian men qualifying for the hockey semis, it is now the girls who have kept the hopes alive of billions courtesy by scripting history when the hooter was blown for the fourth and the last time on Monday during Indian women’s hockey team’s quarterfinal match against Australia.
Be it PV Sindhu, Mirabai Chanu or Lovlina Bargohain and now our hockey champs, the elixir are on the cards and we cannot deny it.
Kudos to our women who secured an Olympic semifinal berth. Gurjit Kaur, who scored from a penalty corner in the second quarter
just accentuated our hopes and aspirations. India put a resilient performance throughout the match and successfully defended nine penalty corners in the match.
“How my heart was? Its still working. I was like…ggahhh but that’s in every match in the last three games," women’s team coach Sjoerd Marijne said after the match.
“Oh man, what we’ve tried to do and what we have done is work match by match. What can we improve in the next one and the next one", he added.
After 41 years of nothing, the women and men’s Indian hockey teams have placed themselves within touching distance of an Olympic medal with incredible wins on back-to-back days, within 24 hours of each other.
The Indian women are now slated to lock horns with Argentina for a berth in the finals.