When the Tokyo Olympics 2021 was starting, no one could have believed that the Indian men’s hockey team would create history after 41 years in this Olympics. There was a reason for this hopelessness. The national sport, which has a golden history and in which India has won the most medals (11+1) so far, has been in the Olympics for many years, sometimes sixth, sometimes seventh, and sometimes eighth.
The last time India had won a hockey medal was at the Mosco Olympics was in 1980 when our team won its last gold. Now, a 41-year curse has finally been broken, thanks to the entire hockey team who beat Germany by 5-4 and revived the national game of India again.
Out of the field, Odisha Chief Minister Navin Patnaik contributed a lot to this victory, who helped possibly by sponsoring the men’s and women’s hockey teams in this cricket-crazy country.
Indian Men’s Hockey Team’s Bronze Medal Journey
July 24: — India vs New Zealand – India beat NZ by 3-2
(Harmanpreet – 2 goals, Rupinder Singh -1)
July 25: — India vs Australia – Australia beat India by 7-1
Dilpreet Singh – 1
July 27: —India vs Spain – India beat Spain by 3-0
Rupinder Singh – 2, Simranjeet Singh
July 29: — India vs Argentina- India beat Argentina by 3-1
Varun Kumar, Vivek Sagar Prasad & Harmanpreet Singh – 1 each
July 30: — India vs Japan – India beat Japan by 5-3
Gurjant Singh -2,Harmanpreet,Shamsher Singh,Nilakanta Sharma – 1 each
August 1: Quarter-Final – India vs England – India beat Eng by 3-1
Hardik Singh,Dilpreet Singh & Gurjant Singh – 1 each
August 3: Semi-Final — India vs Belgium – Belgium beat India by 5-2
Harmanpreet & Mandeep – 1 each
5 August: Medal Matches – India vs Germany – India beat Germany by 5-4
Simranjeet Singh-2,Hardik,Harmanpreet & Rupinder Pal Singh- 1 each
In the entire tournament, 25 goals were scored for India, out of which 6 goals were scored by the team’s defender Harmanpreet Singh alone.
India vs Germany Match Playing XI
Indian Men’s Hockey Team Coach – Graham Reid
Manpreet Singh (Captain)
P.R. Sreejesh (Goalkeeper)
Rupinder Pal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh,Surender Kumar,Amit Rohidas, (Defender)
Dilpreet Singh, Shamsher Singh, Mandeep Singh (Forward)
Hardik Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, (Midfielder)