INDIA LOOK FORWARD TO PLAYING INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES AGAINST OMAN AND UAE - The Daily Guardian
Connect with us

Sports

INDIA LOOK FORWARD TO PLAYING INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES AGAINST OMAN AND UAE

Published

on

The 27-member Indian senior national team squad which landed in Dubai on Sunday evening for the forthcoming back-to-back international friendlies against Oman (25 March) and UAE (29 March) have settled down, and are focusing on the priorities ahead.

The entire squad had a meet with the coach late evening, and the first practice session is slated for Monday (16 March) evening. The squad also underwent the morning screening and aerobic sessions.

Defender Adil Khan said the camaraderie among the players has been exemplary from Day 1. “This season the League was a bit different. Everyone was in the bubble and with so many protocols. Hence, we had to stay a bit away from each other. So it was a nice experience to talk with all and share our experiences. It was fun,” he smiled. Midfielder Anirudh Thapa stated that everyone met with “great fondness.”

“It is always great to be back at the National camp. All the players met each other with great fondness. During the HISL we mostly waved at each other from a distance owing to the protocols. It’s always great to be together under the great umbrella — that is the National Team,” Thapa narrated.

Adid added: “The coach greeted everyone with a big smile. He congratulated everyone for the season and stressed on his pride in the bunch of players. He wants us to do well for the upcoming matches, and for the Qualifiers in June. I am thankful to him for selecting me.”

“It was great to see the coach after a long time as well. He congratulated us on our performances in the League, and insisted on carrying those performances forward for our upcoming Friendlies,” Thapa averred.

Lalengmawia, adjudged the Emerging Player of the Hero Indian Super League 2020-21 mentioned that the coach “urged all to work hard, and with discipline.”

“The coach greeted us and made all the new players comfortable. He told us to work hard, and with many discipline. I am looking forward to the training sessions,” Lalengmawia, fondly referred to as Aupia expressed.

“All my seniors were very welcoming and made us feel at home. They congratulated me to winning the HISL Emerging Player of the Year Award. But I know my real challenge lies ahead.”

Akash Mishra, who has been a real sensation in the HISL said that the “coach made us aware about the significance of the forthcoming matches.”

India play Oman on 25 March and UAE next on 29 March. The Blue Tigers had last played an international fixture in November 2019 when they played in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers.

The Daily Guardian is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@thedailyguardian) and stay updated with the latest headlines.

For the latest news Download The Daily Guardian App.

Sports

DISCUS THROWER KAMALPREET KAUR PUTS UP SPIRITED SHOW, FINISHES 6TH IN FINAL

Published

on

India discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur put up a spirited display on her debut Olympic campaign, but couldn’t win a medal as she finished at the sixth spot in the final with a best throw of 63.70m at the Tokyo Games on Monday.

Kamalpreet had made it into the top eight with the throw of 63.70m. This was her third attempt, but the athlete failed to make the top three as two of her remaining three attempts were flagged (disqualified). Kamalpreet Kaur started off with a throw of 61.62m and was in sixth place before dropping to seventh.

Kamalpreet’s second attempt was a foul which saw her moving down after a good start. The event then came to a halt due to rain. American discus thrower Valarie Allman started off after the resumption of the event but ended up with a foul throw.

In her 3rd attempt, Kamalpreet registered a throw of 63.70m which kept her in the contest and helped her move again to the sixth spot. In her fourth attempt, she again recorded a foul throw. Kamalpreet fired a throw of 61.37m in the fifth attempt before again registering a foul throw with her last attempt.

She might have missed out on a medal, but she clearly showed she belongs to the big stage and if she keeps progressing like she has, Kamalpreet could be a sureshot contender for a medal in the next Games.

Continue Reading

Sports

Olympics: Indian equestrian Fouaad Mirza finishes 23rd in individual final

Published

on

Indian equestrian Fouaad Mirza and his horse Seigneur Medicott finished 23rd in the individual eventing jumping and missed out on a medal in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on Monday.

Mirza came 23rd out of 25 with a final score of 59.60. “The #Equestrian Individual Eventing Jumping final comes to an end @FouaadMirza and #SeigneurMedicott finish 23rd. No medal here, but an inspirational performance from the duo this #Olympics. Great future ahead for them!” SAIMedia tweeted. Meanwhile, Germany’s Julia Krajewski became the first individual female athlete to win Olympic gold in individual eventing with a near-flawless final jump with her Amande de B’Neville.

While individual eventing became a mixed event in Tokyo 1964, no woman had ever won gold in this event – until now, reported Olympics.com After competing in the dressage and cross country over the past three days, it all came down to the jumping section of the eventing competition.

Great Britain’s Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser won silver while Australia’s Andrew Hoy and Vassily de Lassos had a flawless jump in the final to clinch bronze in his eighth Olympic Games.

Continue Reading

Sports

Olympics: Can’t let emotions get better of us in semi-final against Belgium, says Reid

Published

on

The Indian men’s hockey team coach Graham Reid has sent out a strong message to his players about keeping their emotions in check ahead of their historic semi-final encounter against World Champions Belgium on Tuesday.

While the Australian expressed that he was happy with the 3-1 victory against Great Britain in the quarter-final on Sunday and lauded their fighting spirit, he highlighted that the two green cards and one yellow card in the game is something they ought to avoid against a world-class team like Belgium. “I am very proud of the players. We fought hard and sometimes that is what you have to do in final situations of a crunch game like the quarter-final. You have to fight, bite and scratch. We were very lucky yesterday because they (Great Britain) created more opportunities than us but our PC defence and Sreejesh especially were magnificent last night. They saved us,” Reid said in an official Hockey India release.

“But looking forward, the things we can learn from last night is that there is a difference between passion and emotion. Sometimes, we let our emotions take over. We need to keep 11 players on the pitch. The problem is that we played a lot of our game against Great Britain with 10 men on the pitch. We can’t do that against Belgium and think that we can be victorious. That will be the big message to the team today when we have a meeting,” asserted Reid.

While the team won the crunch quarter-final game with three field goals from Dilpreet Singh (7’), Gurjant Singh (16’) and Hardik Singh (57’), Reid believes there is still some work to be done in ensuring a sustained attack.

“It was great to score field goals against Great Britain. We didn’t get any corners, so of course we also need to be working on a sustained attacking pressure which I always talk about with the players. As I said, against a team like Belgium, it will be very important to keep all 11 players on the pitch the entire duration,” added Reid.

On the cusp of creating history, India will be gunning for a victory on Tuesday and will be riding on their recent experiences against Belgium.

India has tasted success against them in the FIH Hockey Pro League in 2020 where they beat the World Champions 2-1 in their second game and had lost 2-3 in their first of the two double-headers in Bhubaneswar.

“As far as Belgium is concerned, obviously they and Australia have been sharing the World No.1 spot for the last 18-24 months. So, in that sense, Belgium will be a very difficult opponent. But we have played them a fair bit in the past and have the experience of doing well against them too. So, we need to focus on the things that we can do against them and make sure that we are much more disciplined in defence and our structure is much better,” stated Manpreet.

Continue Reading

Sports

WINNING HERE IN ENGLAND MEANS NOTHING MORE THAN WINNING TEST SERIES ANYWHERE ELSE: KOHLI

Published

on

NOTTINGHAM: India skipper Virat Kohli has said that winning the Test series in England will just be like winning a Test series anywhere else in the world. India and England will lock horns in a five-match Test series beginning August 4 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The series will mark the start of the second cycle of the World Test Championship. “It takes relentless madness and pursuit of excellence every day over a series of five Tests. To tell yourself that I want to do the hard work and I want to get in situations which are tough in every Test match every day. You have to be ready for that workload and that mental load,” said Kohli during a interview to Dinesh Karthik on Sky Sports.

“For me, personally it means nothing more than winning a Test series anywhere in the world. For me, these things are not anecdotes or milestones in my career. For Indian cricket, it will be a huge thing but this culture is more dear to me. I will do everything in my ability, even if we lose a Test match, I want us to go for the win and not surrender and save a Test match. For me, that is not acceptable,” he added. In the first WTC cycle, New Zealand defeated India in the finals to win the Test mace. Lee believes that WTC has brought back the interest in the longest format of the game. India had last won a Test series in 2007 under the leadership of Rahul Dravid and after that, the Men in Blue have struggled to get past the Three Lions on their own backyard.

Continue Reading

Sports

Was literally blank when I won final point in bronze medal match, says Sindhu

Published

on

After winning a bronze medal at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics in the women’s singles event, India shuttler PV Sindhu on Monday revealed she was left blank after winning the final point and it took her five-six seconds to realise what she had achieved.

Sindhu on Sunday became the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals. Sindhu defeated China’s He Bing Jiao in the bronze medal match. “Well, I am very happy and of course, getting a medal for the country is a proud moment. That too, back-to-back, in Rio, it was silver and now it is bronze, so I am very happy,” said Sindhu during a virtual press conference organised by the Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Monday.

“Well, during the bronze medal match, initially after the semifinals, I was a little sad. My coach and physio told me that it is not over yet. There were mixed emotions after the semi-final, should I be sad or should I be happy that I have another chance? On the day of the bronze medal match, I woke up and thought to myself that I need to give my best. Getting a medal for the country at the Olympics is a very big thing,” she added.

While replying to an ANI query on the conversations between her and the coach Park Tae-sang before the bronze medal match, Sindhu said: “Well, I was sad after the semifinal. We were all in tears, that was the time we had to control and be strong. My coach Park and physio motivated me and supported me. They told me that there is one more match to go and they told me that I cannot be sad as I have one more opportunity. They kept saying that I need to keep on preparing and coach Park told me that there is a big difference between the bronze medal and the fourth position. The next day I was like I need to do my best.”

“Well, BAI has really helped me a lot. I am thankful to them, whatever needed and whenever needed, they have always been there. Whenever I needed something, it was done immediately. All my needs were taken care of, I am thankful to them. Their role is a lot, I also dedicate this medal to them,” she added.

Sindhu defeated Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15 in the bronze medal match that lasted for 52 minutes. Sindhu had earlier returned with a silver medal at the Rio Olympics 2016.

“Until the last point, we decided that it was not over yet even though I was leading. After the final point was over, I was literally blank. It is a big moment, I hugged my coach after the match was over, he has had a bring contribution. After 5-6 seconds, I shouted,” said Sindhu.

“There is time for Paris Olympics, just want to enjoy this moment right now. I will dedicate this medal to my family and fans, I missed all of them here. I am sure virtually, everybody has been showing me the love and blessing me with their wishes,” added the 26-year-old.

Before the Olympics, PV Sindhu during an interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that she would have ice cream after returning from the Games. When asked whether she has decided which flavour ice-cream she will have, Sindhu, said: “I haven’t decided what ice-cream I will have, but I will indeed have it.”

The 26-year-old Sindhu is now just the second Indian athlete to win two individual Olympic medals. Wrestler Sushil Kumar also has two medals as he returned with a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics 2008 and a silver at the London Olympics 2012.

Continue Reading

Sports

Women’s hockey team make history, beat Australia to reach first-ever Olympic semi-final

Gurjit Kaur scored the lone goal for India through a penalty corner.

Published

on

The Indian women’s hockey team created history on Monday here at Oi Hockey Stadium — North Pitch as they qualified for the semi-finals of Olympics for the very first time after defeating Australia 1-0.

In what comes as a historic day and possibly the greatest moment for women’s hockey in India, Gurjit Kaur scored the lone goal in the match during the first half through a penalty corner in a very tightly contested match. The Indian players looked to give it their all as they ensured Gurjit’s effort didn’t go in vain.

Indian Woman Hockey player in action during India vs Australia match, at Tokyo Olympics 2020, in Tokyo on Monday.

The Australians threw it their all, but the Indian women refused to buckle even though the Aussies kept piling the pressure with each passing minute. The first quarter started in great pace as both teams put their foot on the accelerator and the forwards from both teams came very close to finding the back of the net. But none succeeded in scoring after the first fifteen minutes.

After saving a penalty corner on another end, India soon got the second PC of the match in the second quarter. India’s star drag-flicker Gurjit made sure that she made the opportunity count as she gave the Women in Blue a crucial lead against the mighty Aussies. Indians went for a direct PC and after hitting the legs, the ball hit a stick and found a way into the goal. Notably, Australia had conceded just one goal in the tournament so far.

In the second half, Hockeyroos as expected came in waves as they looked for the goal. But India goalie Savita and the defense stood firm. The Indian team made sure they did not give any space to the Aussies as chances became rarer and rarer for their forwards as the game progressed. India again kept Australia at bay with some smart defence in the last quarter as they made sure they didn’t let Hockeyroos spoil the dream of making it to the semi-final.

Earlier, the Indian men’s hockey team reached the last four of the Olympics for the first time in 41 years as the team defeated Great Britain 3-1. The last four berth had eluded the Indian men’s hockey team since the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games where the team led by V Baskaran won the eighth Gold medal for India.

Continue Reading

Trending