Rani Rampal-led Indian Women’s Hockey Team finally clinched the Olympic test event after so many struggles and hardships. Team India who started its journey with an impressive win against Japan also ended it in the same manner against the same opponents. From the beginning to the end, the attacking approach of Indian squad remained the same in this tournament. All thanks to stalwarts of Indian women’s hockey squad who outclassed the hosting team Japan one more time in the event with the scoreline of 2-1.
Both the teams went hard on each other in the most important match of their lives but strong Indian contenders dominated first 10 minutes of the finals comfortably. India kept on the nerves of the hosts and even marked their first goal with the help of talented forward Navjot. She smashed an amazing shot towards the goal post at 11th minute of the game in order to give his squad a 1-0 lead against Japan. However, in the next minute, Japan also sounded with an opener and leveled the game with 1-1 through the help of Minami Shimizu at 12th minute.
The second quarter of the game went goalless as both the teams tried to play very defensively and none of them was ready to lose even a single point. Then India’s prolific drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur came forward to break the silence but the unbreakable defence of Japan helped them to save Gurjit’s shot. Though this was not enough to stop Indian women as in the 33rd minute Lalremsiami struck the powerful shot to give her team a 2-1 lead against Japanese opponents. This came as a huge shock for Japanese as they were left with no clues about how it happened.
In the dying minutes of the game, India went on for another penalty corner but failed to extend their lead. But this hardly affected Indian squad as they already declared as the winners.
Earlier in the opening battle also, Indian women defeated the hosting team Japan with a close margin of 2-1 at Oi Hockey Stadium. The penalty corner specialist Gurjit Kaur was the main architect of India’s emphatic win against Japan as she singlehandedly lifted her team in the opener of Test Event.