Tokyo Olympics / India men's hockey team enters semifinal with 3-1 win over Great Britain

Zoom News : Aug 01, 2021, 07:51 PM
Indian hockey team has created history. The team has reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1972. In the quarter-finals, India defeated Great Britain 3-1. For Team India, Dilpreet Singh scored in the 7th minute, Gurjant Singh in the 16th and Hardik Singh scored in the 57th minute. Team India will now face Belgium in the semi-finals on August 3. The second semi-final will be played between Australia and Germany on the same day. Whereas on August 5, the top-2 teams will meet in the final.

Hockey was played in the semi-final format in the 1972 Olympics. After this, in 1976, Team India did not reach the knockout. In 1980, India won the gold medal, but there was no semi-final format in that Olympics. After the group stage, the 2 teams with the most points played the final directly.

Won 4 matches in pool leg for the first time since 1972

Team India won 4 or more matches in the pool stage for the first time since 1972. In the 1972 Olympics, India won 5 out of 7 matches in the pool stage. After this, till the 2016 Olympics, India could not win more than 3 matches in the group stage. From 1984 to 2016, the Indian team had never won more than 2 matches in the group stage.

India won 8 gold medals in men's hockey

India has won the most medals in the Olympics in men's hockey. The team won gold medals in the 1928, 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1964 and 1980 Olympics. Apart from this, he won silver in 1960 and bronze medal in 1968 and 1972. After the 1980 Moscow Olympics, India has not won any medal in hockey.

Team India's great performance in the last 5 years

There has been a steady decline in the performance of the Indian hockey team since 1980. She couldn't do better after finishing 5th at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the team could not even qualify for the first time.

The Indian team finished last in the 2016 Rio Olympics. India's performance has improved tremendously in the last five years. This was the reason that the team reached the third place in the world ranking. But now by reaching the semi-finals, Team India has once again repeated history.

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Goalkeeper: PR Sreejesh

Defenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Surendra Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Birender Lakra.

Midfielders: Manpreet Singh (Captain), Hardik Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Nilkant Sharma, Sumit.

Forwards: Shamsher Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Mandeep Singh.

Standbys: Krishan Pathak (Goalkeeper), Varun Kumar (Defender), Simranjit Singh (Midfielder).