Hockey Association of Odisha beat Hockey Jharkhand 2-1 to win the Final of the 1st Hockey India Sub Junior Women East Zone Championship. Drupati Naik (39’) and Anjana Xaxa (37’) were on target for the Hockey Association of Odisha, while Aind Neha (57’) scored the sole goal for Hockey Jharkhand.
Both of them clocked their personal best times as they finished behind Bahrain's Birhanu Yemataw Balew to claim for India the first 2-3 finish in the 19th edition of the Asian Games.
The win over the experienced second-seeded pair from China sent the Indian duo into the semifinals, ensuring them a bronze medal and also the first table tennis medal for India.
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India came back after losing the first match before Saurav Ghosal and Abhay Singh won their matches to seal 2-1 victory for India.
After going down in the first set 2-6, the Indian duo mounted an impressive comeback, securing the second set and forcing the match into a decisive tie-breaker.
However, Ashraf took a U-turn following the development. Referring to Pakistan’s brilliant welcome in India, Ashraf said that it reflected the deep affection fans on both sides have for the players.
Here is a summary of India's journey in the tournament which also not only a painful exit for the team but also heart-wrenching moments for millions of Indian fans:
As per former India great Sunil Gavaskar, England are the favourites to win the upcoming ODI World Cup.
According to information received, initially, Team India held the advantage in the early rounds, but the Chinese duo of Zhang and Jiang made a strong comeback and ultimately claimed the gold medal.
As per Yuvraj Singh, Indian squad is packed with quality players but either wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal or Washington Sundar should have found place in the home team’s line-up.
Her third attempt which is now her Career's second-best throw, landed 17.36m away from the throwing mark, won her third place and also her maiden senior international medal.
Pakistan's Talat Kishmala settled for a bronze after giving a tough fight to Esha.
As per Younis, not just Pakistan, but the remaining teams will also find it tough to match India at the showpiece event.
As per the former Mr 360 degree batsman, it’s tough to say whether the talismanic batter will play the 2027 ODI World Cup or not.
Aishwary and Swapnil shot superbly to make the individual finals as well and are placed first and second after the qualification round.
Several experts and fans took to social media after Axar failed to make it to the Indian team for the mega event.
The Little Master had a blunt verdict over SKY's inclusion in the World Cup playing XI.
En route to the knockouts, Sunil Chhetri and Co. lost to China 5-1 in the opener before beating Bangladesh 1-0 and holding Myanmar to a 1-1 draw. India finished second in Pool A behind China to seal a pre-quarterfinal spot.
Ashwin was a part of the 2011 and 2015 editions of the World Cup for India. In the tournament Down Under, he scalped 13 wickets in eight matches in India's run into the semi-final.