Indian Hockey Team

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Indian Hockey Team

A brief history of the journey of the Indian Hockey Team. A popular English school game, hockey was introduced in India by British Army regiments and the game soon found to be favor among the native Indians. Image courtesy-cdn.dipity.com

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Talking about hockey in India, the first hockey club came up in Calcutta in 1885-86 and soon Bombay and Punjab followed suit. Image courtesy-pisc.co.nz

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Making its Olympic debut at the 1928 Amsterdam Games, Indian hockey team cruised home to its first Olympic gold, without conceding a single goal. Image courtesy-outlookindia.com

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The hallmark of this ruthless domination was the wizardry of Indian hockey legend - Dhyan Chand, who mesmerized the Amsterdam crowd with his dazzling skills. Image courtesy-im.rediff.com

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From 1928 to 1956, the Indian hockey juggernaut won six straight Olympic gold medals, while winning 24 consecutive matches. Image courtesy-3.bp.blogspot.com

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During this time, India scored 178 goals conceding only 7 in the process. Image courtesy-ebeijing.gov.cn

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This was the golden era of Indian hockey, when India loomed large in world hockey and produced some of the finest players the game has ever seen. Image courtesy-worldsikhnews.com

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During this dominance, one name that clearly comes to mind is Balbir Singh. For almost three decades, Indian team had about five players with the same name. The first Balbir Singh played with the great Indian teams of 1948, 1952 and 1956. He reached the pinnacle of success at Helsinki in 1952 when he scored five goals in a 6-1 gold medal victory over the Netherlands. In the photograph above, the person giving the award is the first President of India, Rajendra Prasad, and the first hockey player to receive the Padma Shree is Balbir Singh Sr., in 1957. This honour was given in recognition of India winning its 6th consecutive Olympic hockey gold medal in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Image Courtesy-The Hindu

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The Indian stranglehold over the Olympic hockey gold came to an end, when Pakistan defeated India in the final of the 1960 Rome Olympics. Image courtesy-wikimedia.org

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However, the record created by India is likely to stand strong through ages, as no other country has ever managed to come close to it, leave about beating it. Image courtesy-topnews.in

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Talking about some of the legendary and outstanding players of Indian hockey, Dhyan Chand, K.D. Singh, Dhanraj Pillay and Dilip Tirkey are some names that come to mind instantly.

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Thanks to their exceptional gaming technique and enduring enthusiasm, the position of India in the field of hockey achieved new heights. Image courtesy-apden.com

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However in 2008, there was disappointment as the Hockey Team failed to qualify for the Beijing Olympics. Image courtesy-tribuneindia.com

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Indian hockey returned to its roots, the Olympics, on a super Sunday in an emotionally charged up atmosphere at the most appropriate venue for a historic moment â€" the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium. The eight-time former Olympic champions beat France 8-1 to replace the tears of 2008 with joyful smiles of 2012. Image courtesy-gg2.net

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