Silver for India, Gold for Australia

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.
Pratikshit Gupta, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
The Indian hockey team fought hard against a power-packed Australian side before going down 4-0 in the final of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament in Ipodh, Malaysia today. For the World number one team, it were two goals each from Thomas William Craig (25th, 35th) an Matt Gohdes (43rd, 57th) that took Australia to a record ninth title.
Against a team that didn’t lose a single game in the tournament leading up to the final, India tried their level best in the summit clash. India started well as the first quarter and maintained the pressure on the Kookaburras disallowing any chance for them to score. However, in the second quarter, Craig found the back of the net. That set Indians back but they didn’t compromise on energy while on the turf.
It was only in the second half that Australia made their presence felt and took advantage of the Indian lapses. Another goal from Craig followed by a brace from Gohdes sealed the deal for Australia.
Yes, all Indian hockey fans were expecting their side to somehow upset the team that had beaten them 5-1 in the league stages. But a silver medal is definitely deserved for India. The five-time champions indeed have high points in the tournament, beating Pakistan 5-1 and thrashing Malaysia 6-1 which will give them enough confidence to exit the tournament on a high.
Considering that India last made the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup final 8 years back, the Sardar Singh-led side can surely take a lot of confidence and go to Rio 2016 with heads held high!


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