India aims to end Australia’s Hockey Dominance at Commonwealth Games 2022

It was at the 2022 Tokyo Olympic Games, that India’s men’s hockey team delivered a spectacular performance against the strong Australian team that has certainly raised hopes for the team at the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

Since the inception of the CWG, Australia so far has dominated the event at the World No.1, by winning all six gold medals. However, team India’s success at the Tokyo Games had brought optimism and belief among the squad to end Australia’s gold rush at the event. Indian Hockey Team after 41 years bagged a historic Olympic Gold medal which has ignited hopes against the Australian Graham Reid.

India aims to end Australia’s Hockey Dominance
India aims to end Australia’s Hockey Dominance at Commonwealth Games 2022

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Team India was successful in finishing at the number fourth spot once in 1998 Kuala Lumpur and at the 2018 Gold Coast event. It was at the home event in Delhi where the team rose with the best result and in Glasgow 2014 finished up at the runner-up spot.

After claiming a bronze medal in Tokyo, the Indian squad finished in the third position in the FIH Pro League season behind Belgium and Netherlands. The main concern of the Indian hockey team was its fitness, which in the later editions is considered as one of the fittest sides in world hockey.

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It will be a tough competition for team India as they will be facing other better teams like England, New Zealand, England, Pakistan, and Canada.

At the CWG, the Indian Hockey team is placed in pool B alongside hosts England, Wales, Canada, and Ghana, while Pool A consists of Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Scotland, and Pakistan.

Graham Reid told PTI, “It is very difficult to predict what will happen but anything is possible (on winning gold) because the gap between teams in current international hockey is very little”.

Also, the Indian Women’s hockey team is expected to flourish in Birmingham, especially after their brilliant Olympic knock in Tokyo, where they finished at the fourth position and also bagged third place in their maiden Pro League outing this season.

The biggest concern for Indian women is the penalty corner conversion.
Chief Coach of India Janeke Schopman for CWG would be looking ahead to improvisation from drag-flick expert Gurjit Kaur.

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