The indian hockey team settled for a silver medal in the 36th hero Champions Trophy, going down 3-1 to world champions Austra lia in a controversial penalty shoot-out last Sunday (19).
This is the team’s best- ever Champions Trophy performance, having won a bronze medal in the 1982 edition of the tournament.
only harmanpreet Singh scored in the shootout, while SK uthappa, SV Sunil and Surender Kumar all hit wide of the target.
Aran Zalewski, Daniel Beale and Simon orchard scored for Australia, while Trent Mitton’s try was blocked by goalkeeper and captain PR Sreejesh.
There was plenty of drama in the shoot-out as Beale’s shot was re-taken after he failed to score and sought a video review. The video umpire asked the shot to be taken again, leaving indian coach Roelant oltmans fuming.
At the end of the match, india protested against the second successful at- tempt awarded to Beale, delaying the announcement of the result.
After discussing the appeal for more than an hour, the jury decided there was unintentional obstruction by Sreejesh in the seventh second, there- fore the re-take of the shot was justified.
The presentation ceremony was later held indoors.