India play Australia in the hockey Champions Trophy final for the first time ever. India’s best finish earlier at the tournament was a bronze in 1982. Australia, on the other hand, are world number one and have won 13 gold medals.
India’s appearance in their maiden Champions Trophy final has brought into focus the team that almost fell off the world map after decades of international domination. Winning a medal ahead of the Olympic Games was the agenda set for the Indian team heading for London, where four years ago they had finished at the bottom of the 12-team Olympic competition.
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