CWG 2022: Sreejesh disappointed after India’s 0-7 defeat to Australia in hockey – We didn’t win a silver medal, we lost gold – India Today


Veteran goalkeeper PR Sreejesh was disappointed after India lost 0-7 to Australia in the men’s hockey gold medal match on Monday, August 8 in the Commonwealth Games 2022. India went into the game high on confidence after beating South Africa 3-2 in the semi-final at the University of Birmingham.

However, Manpreet Singh and Co. found the going tough against the Australian team, who won their seventh gold medal. It was their seventh gold medal in succession since they first won in Kualu Lumpur back in 1998.

In the final on Monday, Colin Batch’s team scored five goals in the space of 18 minutes. Sreejesh, who was playing his third and final CWG edition, said that playing in the final was delightful, but not being able to win gold was agonising.

“We didn’t win a silver medal, we lost gold. It’s disappointing, but in a tournament like the Commonwealth Games, getting into the finals is a great thing,” Sreejesh was quoted as saying to PTI after the match.

“As the most senior (in the team) this is my second time losing in the final (after 2014), so it’s quite hard but for the youngsters, this is going to be a great learning,” he said.

India were top of their game in the group stage with three relatively easy wins, but they had to put in the extra yards in their match against England. India finished on top of the group standings because of their goal difference as compared to the English team.

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