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Indian hockey team reverses coach’s ‘alternative’ plan, reaches quarter-finals – Coach Graham Reid Alternate plan seals quarter-final berth for Indian hockey team at Tokyo Olympics

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Indian hockey team’s performance after 1-1 loss to Australia Indian hockey head coach Graham Reid has come up with an alternate plan which has proved to be very useful for the team. India will now look to reach the Olympic hockey semi-finals after 41 years. There was a very emotional moment for the Indian players in the stadium without spectators when they scored their third goal against Argentina on Thursday. The same team had to face a 1-7 loss to Australia in their next match. Therefore, it was necessary for the players to register a win against Argentina and in this match they showed that the morale of the team is not broken yet.

A 3-1 win over Rio Olympic gold medalist Argentina is crucial for the team. With this win, India has entered the quarter-finals. Experts believe that the Olympics is a competition between 12 teams. There are six teams in each pool. The top 4 teams from these advance to the quarter finals. So it doesn’t matter for the teams where they are in the top-4.
Mary Kom’s journey to the Tokyo Olympics ended with a loss to the Colombian boxer as well as a loss to Australia. So the team’s head coach, Graham Reid, devised an alternate plan.

Due to Corona, the International Olympic Committee changed the rule to 16 players per team and allowed all teams to change 16 players before each match. These two players are called alternate players. Simranjit Singh and Varun Kumar played the role for Bharat. Reid decided to bring him in for matches against Spain and Argentina.
It all happens in the Olympics! The coach pulled up the athlete before the match, the video went viral In an interview to our correspondent Times of India.com, he said that these two players had a huge influence in the Indian match. Simranjit showed the team utility both in midfield and attack. He did not disappoint the coach and scored the first goal against Spain. After that the team did not look back.

Varun didn’t disappoint Reid either. Varun is a drag-flicker and while penalty corner experts from rival teams studied Harmanpreet Singh and Rupinder Pal Singh’s game, Varun was a surprise player to them. He also did a great job against Argentina.

Against whom it will not be important for India to play in the quarter finals. Eight-time Olympic champions Indian team will be eyeing to reach the Olympic semi-finals after 41 years of victory.

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