As India takes on Pakistan in a crucial hockey match this Friday, Sports Rediscovered take a look at the glorious traditions of Indian hockey. The Indian Hockey Team was on top of the mountain for more than four consecutive decades. With that said, it is only fitting to look back into those glorious days.
The Indian Hockey team is participating in the Hockey World League tournament, but before that, here are some historic and inspiring moments from Indian Hockey.
First Olympic Gold For Indian Hockey (1928)
The Indian Hockey team started their dominance in 1928. They went on to win the gold medal at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. The Indian team was undefeated, winning five out of their five matches. Also, the team did not concede any goal while scoring 29. India defeated the likes of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands and Switzerland with the biggest win(9-0) coming against Belgium. Dhyan Chand was the top scorer with 14 goals.
The Run Continues (1932)
Four years after their first Olympic gold, the Indian team returned in the 1932 Olympics. Unlike the last outing, they only had to play two matches this time around. India won both the matches and scored 35 goals. They only conceded two goals. This time, India had Japan and United States in their path. India defeated Japan by 11-1 and United States was defeated by a score line of 24-1.
Domination Continues (1936)
The Indian Hockey team continued its dominance and secured a hat-trick of Olympic gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Led by the legendary Dhyan Chand, the Indian team won five out of their five matches to win the gold. Wins against Japan, Hungary, United States and France helped India reach the finals where they defeated Germany 8-1 to clinch the gold. Click on next slide for more.