The Indian males’s hockey group on Sunday made a shock exit from the cross over stage of the Hockey World Cup, being held in Odisha, after dropping 4-5 (3-3) within the penalty shootout towards New Zealand. Regardless of being forward within the recreation, India missed the chance to construct on a 3-1 lead within the third quarter, when New Zealand scored twice within the closing quarter to tie the sport on the finish of the common time, forcing a penalty shootout. In common time, India’s objectives got here from Lalit Upadhyay (17 minutes), Sukhjeet Singh (24 minutes), and Varun Kumar (40 minutes), whereas the Black Sticks’ objectives got here from Sam Lane (28 minutes), Kane Russell (43 minutes), and Sean Findlay (49 minutes).
India battled again to tie the rating at 3-Three within the shootout thanks to a couple excellent saves from seasoned goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, and had two probabilities within the sudden dying as Shamsher Singh missed the ultimate shootout try to lose 4-5 in entrance of the house crowd.
Whereas there was widespread criticism on social media after India’s early exit, Rupinder Pal Singh, a part of the Indian group that gained bronze medal on the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, has backed the aspect.
“We win as a group, and we lose as a group. Nobody particular person deserves the reward or the blame, ever. Get that completely straight in your thoughts. Those who’re damage essentially the most at this level are the gamers who gave all of it within the subject,” Rupinder Pal Singh wrote in a tweet.
“No participant ever desires to lose, it is a sport, and outcomes do not at all times go in our favour. It is simple to take a seat again on the consolation of your houses and hurl abuses at those that not too way back stood on the rostrum on the largest stage of all of them, Olympics.
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We win as a group, and we lose as a group. Nobody particular person deserves the reward or the blame, ever. Get that completely straight in your thoughts. Those who’re damage essentially the most at this level are the gamers who gave all of it within the subject. pic.twitter.com/MLFujadmXK
— Rupinder Pal Singh (@rupinderbob3) January 22, 2023
“You got here ahead to satisfy, click on photos and have fun… however do not need to stand by the group when they’re at a low level. The expansion of our sport is our collective duty. Assume earlier than you dare to abuse any single one who wears that tricolour.”
New Zeland will lock horns with defending champions Belgium on January 24 for a berth within the semifinals whereas India will face Japan on January 26 for the Ninth-16th place within the event.
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