48 years long wait
India won the Hockey World Cup for the last time in 1973. Since then the team has not been able to reach the finals or semi-finals even once. In 2018, Team India was at number six in the tournament held at home. That time the team topped the group round and directly entered the quarter-finals. But there the team lost the match 2-1 even after taking the lead against the Netherlands.
Broken dream in cricket too
Like hockey, New Zealand has broken India’s dream in cricket as well. Team India was showing a strong game in the 2019 ODI World Cup. But India had lost against New Zealand in the semi-finals. Team India also lost to New Zealand in the final of the Test Championship held in 2021. Apart from this, India’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals were almost over after losing to New Zealand in the group round of the 2021 T20 World Cup.
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