Pulling off a big upset in the tournament a gritty Indian women’s hockey team riding on Gurjit Kaur’s strike shocked Australia in the hockey quarter-finals at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday.
The Olympics has turned out to be a dream so far as Indian hockey is concerned with both men’s and women’s team in semis assuring the nation a medal .
Player of the match Kaur scored the winner in the 22nd deflections off a penalty corner as India’s women advanced to the semi-finals for the first time.
The Indian women hockey team’s best finish came at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow when they finished fourth among six teams.
In the semi-finals, they will take on Argentina, who scored a 3-0 win over Germany.
Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur tweeted his congratulations to the Indian team
We’re into the semi-finals of the Olympics for the 1st time beating Australia.
130 crore Indians ?? to the
Women’s Hockey Team –
“we’re right behind you”! pic.twitter.com/vusiXVCGde
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) August 2, 2021
Union law Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted his excitement
India’s dream is coming to reality! Our Women’s Hockey Team has defeated Australia! India’s Men’s and Women’s teams have reached semi-finals at #Tokyo2020 Olympics! I have no words to express my excitement and happiness! https://t.co/3swWYTvH6O pic.twitter.com/bM6the9vh6
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 2, 2021