The Indian women's hockey team made history on Monday by reaching the semifinals of the Tokyo Olympic Games for the first time.
Despite the Australians' bombardment of strikes, the Indian defense remained impenetrable.
The outstanding Savita Punia is attributed for a large part of this brilliance. The Indian goalie was excellent as she blocked all nine shots she encountered.
Her stunning saves between the posts helped India maintain a 1-0 lead throughout the game, allowing them to defeat the powerful Australians.
On Twitter, netizens hail her giving her the title of "The Wall."
Australia’s High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell congratulates India's women's hockey team.— ANI (@ANI) August 2, 2021
"Was a tough Hockey match, but your defence held out until the end. Savita Punia, the 'Great Wall of India' - could not be beaten! Best of luck in semi & grand finals," he tweets. pic.twitter.com/b6ImAMTW68
Nothing.. Just a pic of Savita Punia standing at the Indian Goal Post— Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia Retd (@Ptr6Vb) August 2, 2021
She saved 9/9, including 8 penalty corners. The great wall of India. pic.twitter.com/WfswqDeVdo
Defended 7 penalties and several goals Like a BOSS Against world champion Australia..— Aakash Vanii (@AAKASH_VANII) August 2, 2021
Take a bow for SAVITA PUNIA the UNBREAKABLE Wall of INDIAN WOMEN'S HOCKEY 🙌🇮🇳💪#SAVITA_PUNIA#UNBREAKABLE pic.twitter.com/bBGZZK48TA
Well if PR Sreejesh was a Wall against #TeamGB , Savita Punia was the fortress that the #Aus women simply could not come close to breaching. Save after save after save after save #Hockey #Tokyo2020 #Olympics— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) August 2, 2021