Indian women’s hockey team were in great form in the Commonwealth Games 2022. All until a controversial decision was made by the umpire in the penalty shootout in the semi-final match against Australia.
India and Australia had to be decided by a shoot-out and Malone was all set for the first shoot. She went for it and missed it. But in an anti-climax, the umpires called her to give it a try again as the clock did not start on time. This upset the Indian camp, the Indian hockey fans and the coach.
Former India opener Virender Sehwag took it to Twitter to express his displeasure about the same. He said that it used to happen once in Cricket and now it is happening in Hockey. Sehwag added that the partialities were present until India became a superpower in Cricket. The aggressive batter added that India would soon become a superpower in Hockey as well.
“Penalty miss hua Australia se and the Umpire says, Sorry Clock start nahi hua. Such biasedness used to happen in cricket as well earlier till we became a superpower, Hockey mein bhi hum jald banenge and all clocks will start on time. Proud of our girls,” Sehwag tweeted.
Penalty miss hua Australia se and the Umpire says, Sorry Clock start nahi hua. Such biasedness used to happen in cricket as well earlier till we became a superpower, Hockey mein bhi hum jald banenge and all clocks will start on time. Proud of our girls 🇮🇳pic.twitter.com/mqxJfX0RDq
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 6, 2022
Indian women allowed Australia to take the lead in the 10th minute of the game. With enough chances in penalty shootouts in the first half, Indian women missed out on the match in the lead. Australia marched on to the second half with a 1-0 lead.
Indian women’s team matched the lead in the 49th minute with a goal. And the match headed into the shootouts after a draw. With the controversial start to the shootouts, the Indian women never gained momentum to clinch the match.
Australia managed to take a 3-0 lead in the shootouts and eventually won the match against India’s women brigade. India will now play the bronze medal match against New Zealand. Indian women will look to make a comeback after a heart-breaking climax in the semi-finals.