CWG 2022: We didn’t win silver medal, we lost gold, says Sreejesh after hockey team’s 0-7 defeat in final

It is a matter of perception – if you want to see the glass half full or the hall empty. Sreejesh chose to see this as a lost opportunity.

India did well to reach the final of the men’s hockey competition here, which included world No. 1 Australia, England, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, Malaysia and Pakistan. However, India’s 0-7 defeat at the hands of Australia in the final proved bleak on the team’s celebrations. The Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist was happy to win a medal in 2018 from the Gold Coast after winning a medal.

“We didn’t win silver, we lost gold. It’s disappointing, but in tournaments like Commonwealth Games, reaching the final is a great thing.

“There’s a lot of youngsters in this team, so it’s going to be a good lesson for them. If you want to win major medals you need to meet top teams like Australia in the finals or the semi-finals. You need to meet the top teams like Australia in the final or semi-final. Be physically ready,” Sreejesh said after the match.

“As the senior [in the team] This is my second loss in the final (after 2014), so it’s going to be tough, but it will be a great lesson for the youngsters.”

Sreejesh said the team will learn from the event and play better in big events like next year’s World Cup in Odisha and Asian Games in Hangzhou in China.

“Tournaments like these give us more experience – how to handle pressure, how to come up, how to push yourself higher when you are down or when you prepare for a match.

“Now players are gaining momentum, reaching semi-finals and finals. Once you learn to get there, they will be champions,” Sreejesh said.

India captain Manpreet Singh said that it was one of those days when his team could not play its game.

“He played a good game, but we didn’t play our game. We made some mistakes and they took advantage and scored against us.

“It’s the best hockey in the world, they’re one of the best teams in the world. You can’t go wrong against teams like this.”

Manpreet said silver is not the medal they have come here for.

“It wasn’t the result we wanted. A good fight, a close result… So we’d be happy, but it’s not the result we wanted. We could have done something else, we could have created more opportunities.” But we didn’t play our best game,” Manpreet Singh said.

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