Indian women’s team wins bronze at Junior Hockey World Cup
Probably the biggest surprise of the past year, the Indian women’s junior hockey team, consisting of girls mostly from small Indian towns and villages, stunned the hockey world and the country by winning a bronze medal at the Junior Hockey World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany.
It was reminiscent of the popular Bollywood movie ‘Chak de India’ as the junior women’s team lost to Australia 1-6 in the opening match of the tournament, before going on a stunning spree, posting wins against Russia, New Zealand, England and Spain.
In the semi-finals, they lost 0-3 to Netherlands, who would go on to win the tournament, but managed to draw the praise of the hockey world with their spirited performances.
Former Indian coach Michael Nobbs has since revealed that he found several of the Indian women’s players to be anaemic, which makes this performance all the more impressive.Published 29 Aug 2013, 19:07 IST