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India stuns silver medalists Korea in thrilling Asian Games clash

Having upset Korea, India now faces a showdown in the round of 12 against either China or Mongolia.

India stuns silver medalists Korea in thrilling Asian Games clash
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Indian Volleyball Team (  source: Team India)

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The Bridge Desk

Updated: 20 Sep 2023 3:25 PM GMT

India achieved a historic victory in the ongoing Asian Games over the silver medalists from the previous edition, Korea. The match was nothing short of a rollercoaster ride, with India emerging victorious in a thrilling 3-2 victory (25-27, 29-27, 25-22, 20-25, 17-15) that lasted an intense two hours and 38 minutes.

The statistical odds were stacked against India from the beginning, with Korea holding the 23rd rank in the world, while India lagged far behind at 73rd. The initial moments of the game seemed to favor Korea as they won the first set. However, India displayed strong determination and resilience, orchestrating an incredible comeback to ultimately secure the victory.

Amit Gulia and Ashwal Rai emerged as the standout performers for India, contributing significantly to their team's remarkable win.

This win catapulted India to the top of their group, following a previous 3-0 victory over Cambodia. Collecting five valuable points in the process, India now stands on the cusp of further glory. The next challenge awaits when they will face either Chinese Taipei or Mongolia in the next round.

To put this victory into perspective, India had not medaled in this event since 1986, when they clinched a bronze. In the previous edition held in Indonesia, India had finished in the 12th position, making this achievement even more extraordinary.

Coach Jaideep Sarkar, reflecting on the team's triumph, expressed his joy and hope for the future: "I am very happy for the team, and I hope our boys pick it up from here. It is a big morale booster for us as it is rare to defeat a team like Korea. This will act as a motivator for us."

Ashwal Rai, one of the standout performers of the match, shared his thoughts on the team's strategy: "The match was swinging here and there. We decided to hang out there and control the pace of the game. It is an important win for us as a lot of people are watching this, and we want to do well in the round of 12."

The underdogs have risen, and the world is now watching with bated breath to see how far this determined Indian team can go.

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