The Indian women’s hockey team registered their second-biggest victory at the Asian Games after they hammered Kazakhstan 21-0 in a Pool B match at Jakarta on August 21.
This was also India’s second consecutive victory at the Asian Games.
The team, however, missed their all-time Asian Games record of 22-0 by just one goal. The Indian women’s team had beaten Hong Kong 22-0 in the 1982 Asiad.
Drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur, who also scored a hat-trick in India’s thrashing of Indonesia by 8-0 in their opening match, top-scored again with four goals in the 8th, 36th, 44th and 52nd minutes. Lalremsiami (9th, 19th, 29th), Navneet Kaur (11th, 12th and 49th) and Vandana Katariya (29th, 37th and 52nd) were the other three players to score a hat-trick. Navjot Kaur (16th and 54th), Lilima Minz (38th and 44th), Neha Goyal (10th), Udita (34th), Deep Grace Ekka (43rd) and Monika (55th) were the other scorers for India in the completely one-sided match, with Kazakhstan resorting to defending throughout.
Following the Indian women’s team’s consistent performance, fans flooded Twitter with congratulatory messages, with some terming their performance as ‘brutal’. Here are some of the reactions:
oh! my God!
wow! What a tremendous match
A ruthless Indian women’s hockey team overwhelmed Kazakhstan 21-0 on Tuesday to notch up their second biggest win at the #AsianGames in #Jakarta.
Dhoo Dala hahahaha
— __Aved Singh Chauhan (@myPowerP441) August 22, 2018
Wow ! Congratulations..
More power and success to you
— ______ ________ (@SunandaBLR) August 21, 2018
Brutal performance! No mercy ______
— S__j_ C__ (@SanjayCho) August 21, 2018
Girls have total tally of 29 goals in two matches. Now it’s the boys turn to surpass it in their second match by scoring at least 13 goals. Good Competition going between the two. __@FIH_Hockey #ChakDeIndia __
— __ Soumya Sarkar __ (@SarkarSpeaking) August 21, 2018
great going girls keep it up .. more to come
— Jatin (@Ja3r) August 21, 2018
Indian Women’s Hockey Team Thrash Kazakhstan 21-0, Misses Record By One Goal. Kudos To Team India. All The Best For Next Match. ____ #AsianGames2018 #AsianGames pic.twitter.com/azNrmsfE7A
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadejaaaa) August 21, 2018
21-0… Yes, you heard me right. That’s the score of Indian Women’s Hockey match against #Kazakhstan at the #AsianGames2018. Heartiest Congratulations on the spectacular win girls. @TheHockeyIndia pic.twitter.com/6cK5G7dCll
— Babul Supriyo (@SuPriyoBabul) August 21, 2018
The Indian eves had earlier won a bronze in the 2014 Asian Games.
Meanwhile, India is currently at Number 7 on the medals tally with 10 medals, including 3 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze.