Tokyo: Rani Rampal and Co would return empty-handed from Tokyo, but they won hearts and inspired many young girls to take to the sport. On Friday, the Indian women’s hockey team fell short against Great Britain as they lost 3-4 in the bronze medal face-off.Also Read - Thorough Coaching Programme Reason Behind Indian Hockey Revival: MM Somaya
It was a game that swung like a pendulum and pushed Great Britain like never before. Impressed by the show put together by Rani Rampal and Co, the official Twitter handle of Great Britain hockey hailed the Indian side. Also Read - Shamsher Singh: I Am so Lucky to Be Part of an Olympic Bronze Medal-Winning Team at Such an Early Stage of my Career
The post read: “What an amazing game, what an amazing opponent @TheHockeyIndia you’ve done something special at #Tokyo2020 – the next few years look very bright.” Also Read - Gurbax Singh: 'Next Priority For Men's & Women's Hockey Teams is Asian Games Gold'
India skipper Rani Rampal confessed that she was proud of the way the team played.
“Disappointed but we gave them a good fight. It was just not our day,” said an emotional Rani Rampal after the match.
“We were two goals down but we came back strongly and went up 3-2. I am gutted but I am super proud of this team,” she added.
“I told the girls ensure you don’t have legs anymore at the end of the game. They haven’t won a medal. But they have won something. Bigger. They have won a billion hearts. Inspired millions of girls,” India women’s hockey team head coach Sjoerd Marijne said after finishing 4th.