CWG 2022: South Africa can give a tough fight to the Indian team in semis
Indian Men’s Hockey team has performed brilliantly in the Commonwealth Games 2022, winning three out of four matches, Indian team secured first place in their group. The Indian team is the bronze medalist of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and now its eyes are on the gold medal of the Commonwealth Games. India is now just two steps away from the gold medal and if India wants to win the gold medal, then they will have to beat South Africa in the semi-final.
India will face South Africa in the semi-finals, while Australia will play England. The Australian team has looked very strong so far and the Australian Men’s hockey team has 6 gold medals in the Commonwealth Games.
Hockey was introduced in the CWG for the first time in 1998 and since then Australia has been a superpower in hockey. The Australian Men’s team has won 6 gold medals in the Commonwealth Games so far and the women’s team is also not far behind them.
It is almost certain that Australia will reach the final, and it is expected that the Indian team will also reach the final after defeating South Africa. Australia had scored a total of 29 goals in their four group matches and India is just behind them with 27 goals.
In this Commonwealth Games, the South Africans have not scored many goals, but their defense has been excellent and they have shown good defensive skills. South Africa defeated New Zealand and Scotland in their group matches.
The Indian team didn’t reach the podium at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, but after their spectacular performance at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, India has now gold medal hopes. Indian men’s Hockey team never won a gold medal in Commonwealth games.
If the Indian team wants to reach the finals, then India must learn from its mistakes. The Indian team was leading 4-1 in the match played against England in group stage but due to their indiscipline attitude, they had to withdraw.
Drag-flicker specialist Harmanpreet Singh has been in very good form for the Indian team with two hat-tricks in these Commonwealth Games, so far. Apart from Harmanpreet, captain Manpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh, and Mandeep Singh have also performed well for the team. After the Tokyo Olympics, now a lot of hope has been added to the Indian team and it is being speculated that the Indian team will bring a gold medal in these Commonwealth Games as well.