After the team’s historic win against New Zealand, team manager Anju Luthra said that the Indian women’s four are not resting on their laurels and will face South Africa in Tuesday’s Commonwealth Games lawn bowl final in Birmingham. Will go for the gold medal.
We have won the medal after 12 years of hard work. On a few occasions, we lost a medal by a bowl in the quarter-finals or semi-finals. But this year we proved it and we are on the podium, but we would like to change to gold and we will try our best to make history on history,” Anju Luthra said on Monday.
After years of sweat and toil and many disappointments for the Indian lawn bowlers at the Commonwealth Games, it culminated in a historic moment on Monday, with the women’s four winning the game against New Zealand with a stunning 16-13 victory. I secured my first medal. Victoria Park at Royal Leamington Spa.
The Indian foursome of Lolly Dubey, Pinky, Nyanmuni Saikia and Rupa Rani Turki had beaten Norfolk Island 17-9 in the quarter-finals to reach the semi-finals and booked their place in the final with a brilliant effort in the 15th and final end. The place is paved.
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With high-seeded New Zealand taking an early lead and India catching up at the end of the 13th over, the Kiwis took a one-shot lead at 13-12. But the Indians lost the last bowls to get four points to book their place in the final.
After the historic semi-final win, Anju Luthra said, “I had full confidence in the last bowl, I said ‘you can do it, you can do it’ and Roopa (Rani Turki) proved it and we Got four points to win,” said Anju Luthra after the historic semi-final win.
He said that the recent history of Indians in international competitions has been full of disappointments, especially the Commonwealth Games where they lost in the knockout stage.
By defeating New Zealand in the semi-final in Birmingham, the players proved that, perhaps late to the game, they belong in the game and deserve a place in the final.
Anju said that winning the semi-final was very important for the athletes as the medal would bring a lot of attention to the sport as well as give the organizers of the game a place in the Commonwealth Games after years of shortfalls.
“It’s important to get a medal because when we (India) go back, the federation always says ‘what have you done?’, so we want to prove that we are not less than any other sport,” he said. added. The game and the players will get the attention they deserve.
One can only hope that the Indian women continue their impressive performance against South Africa in the women’s final four and win the gold medal they have been dreaming of ever since they took up the sport in 2009.
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