Sreejesh is proud to be the first Malayalee player to play in the India semi – finals in hockey since 1980
Tokyo: India advance to semifinals in Olympic men’s hockey. India defeated Britain by three goals to one in the quarterfinals. For the first time since 1980, India has reached the semifinals of the Olympics.
Dilpreet Singh scored in the seventh minute, Gujrant Singh in the 16th minute and Hardik in the 57th minute. In the 45th minute, Britain tried to make a comeback but India conceded defeat in the face of a united front.
Though the position, penalty corners and chances were more for Britain, it was the Malayalee goalkeeper PR Sreejesh who stood firm in front of the goal post and gave India a convincing victory.
India, who did not qualify for the 2018 Beijing Olympics, returned home as finalists in the 2016 Rio Olympics. But the next five years were India’s triumph. India’s advantage is to reach the third position in the world rankings.
Manpreet and his team are in good form in Tokyo. The team made a legendary comeback after a miserable defeat to Australia in the second match. He then went on to finish third in Pool A after winning all three matches. Even the current Olympic champions, Argentina, were crushed by the Indian leap. The Indian team reached the quarterfinals after winning four of the five matches.