Asian Games 2023

‘Congratulations Team Bharat’ – Fans react as Indian Cricket Team scripts history by winning Gold Medal in Asian Games 2022

With the win the Indian team have not only crossed the margin of 100 medals, but also reached the medal tally of 28 Gold medals.

In a historic achievement, India’s men’s cricket team secured a gold medal at the ongoing Asian Games against Afghanistan in the final. The game was halted after the first innings due to rain, and as it surpassed the cut-off time, the Ruturaj Gaikwad-led Indian side was granted the gold due to their higher ranking compared to Afghanistan.

The Indian Cricket Board sent a second-string India team to the Asian Games, with the primary squad engaged in the World Cup 2023. The Men in Blue triumphed over Nepal and Bangladesh in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, respectively.ย  In addition to this, with the win the Indian team have not only crossed the margin of 100 medals, but also reached the medal tally of 28 Gold medals.

Earlier, winning the toss, the India skipper decided to bat second. After a great seam bowling spell from Arshdeep Singh and Shivam Dubey, the Indian spinner capitalized on the great start. After the rain came down pouring, the Indian team found themselves in commanding position as they restricted the Afghanistan side to 112/5.

 

India Cricket team win Gold
India Cricket team win Gold (Source: Twitter)

Let us look at how Twitter has reacted to this historic win from the Indian side;

 

 

Indian Women’s cricket also won Gold Medal

The Indian women’s cricket team marked their inaugural appearance at the Asian Games by clinching a gold medal in a challenging final against Sri Lanka. The low-scoring match on a difficult pitch saw India posting 116 for seven, with star performer Titas Sadhu, just days away from turning 19, delivering a remarkable bowling performance with figures of 4-1-6-3. Her explosive spell played a pivotal role in restricting Sri Lanka to 97 for eight in 20 overs.

Facing the challenging pitch, Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur’s decision to bat first proved wise. Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues formed a crucial partnership of 73 runs for the second wicket, employing effective sweep shots. Mandhana’s dismissal due to injury didn’t deter India as they managed to set a total sufficient for victory.

Despite the sluggish nature of the pitch, Titas Sadhu’s fast-paced deliveries and precise lengths posed challenges for Sri Lanka. The quality of cricket was affected by the pitch conditions, but India’s gold medal victory highlighted their adaptability. Harmanpreet Kaur’s strategic use of bowlers and Titas Sadhu’s promising performance, especially in the absence of a genuine fast bowler, added depth to India’s triumph. The win secured their second gold medal at the Games, emphasizing the team’s resilience and potential for future challenges, especially against players from SENA countries.

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