As the Indian men's hockey team prepares for the semifinals, Dilip Tirkey states that the real challenge has begun.

Former Indian hockey team skipper Dilip Tirkey believes the mens team will face the real challenge in the Commonwealth Games 2022 semi-finals . Harmanpreet Singh scored a hat-trick in the 4-1 win over Wales in Birmingham on Thursday .

New Delhi, India, August 6: With a 4-1 win over Wales in Birmingham on Thursday, former Indian hockey team skipper Dilip Tirkey believes the men's team will face the real challenge in the Commonwealth Games 2022 semi-finals.The Indian women's squad had also qualified for the semi-finals.Despite this, the Indian mens and womens hockey team suffered a big heartbreak after defeating India 3-0 in the shootout to advance to the semifinals on Friday.The true challenge begins now.

On the Koo website, Dilip Tirkey wrote: Harmanpreet Singh (18, 19, 41), scored a hat-trick in the game, while Gurjant Singh (49) added a goal as the pair helped their team to a stumbling victory in a hostile contest.Wales' goal came through a penalty kick by Gareth Furlong (55) in the womens match.Meanwhile, the Savita-led Indian Team fought valiantly in the regulation period, which ended in 1-1, but missed out on conversion attempts in the shootout.In the shootout, Ambrosia Malone, Amy Lawton, and Kaitlin Nobbs scored for Australia.Tonight, the Indian mens hockey team faces South Africa in the semifinal.