The 2018 Asian Games, which are one of the biggest games after Olympics, are here. And India men’s hockey team who won Gold in the 2014 edition, in Glasgow, is looking to start their fight against Hong Kong. The men in blue are all set, here we bring you an overview of the team and performances.
India men’s Hockey team: An overview
India men’s hockey team won Gold in 1980 Olympics, after that the team’s performance was upsetting for the next 3 decades. In 1928, the team bagged its first Olympic gold medal and till 1956, the Indian men’s team couldn’t be beaten at the Olympics, winning six gold medals in a row. The group had a 30-0 winning streak during that time, by their very first game till losing the 1960 gold medal finals. India is the most prosperous team in the Olympics, having won eight gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze awards till date.
In 2016, for the first time in 36 years, the Indian men’s team won its ever silver medal in Champions Trophy and reached the knockout stage of the Olympics.
As of 2018, the group is ranked sixth in the world. The Indian men’s hockey team has been the very first non-European group to be part of this International Hockey Federation. By February 2018, the Government of Odisha has begun sponsoring the Indian domestic field hockey team, both women, and men team. In a first-of-its-kind association, the country has opted to encourage Indian field hockey team for next five years.
India Men’s Hockey team for Asian Games
A strong Indian forward line will have Akashdeep Singh, seasoned SV Sunil, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay and Dilpreet Singh. Chinglensana Singh Kangujam who plays at the position of a midfielder will function as the deputy (vice-captain) to India’s star Goalkeeper. The forward player for the Indian team, Akashdeep Singh has made a come back to the squad after being left our precviously due to an injury.
Rupinder Pal Singh who is known as the seasoned drag-flicker has also been named in the squad after being rested for the recently concluded Champions Trophy, in which the men’s hockey squad went down battling against the Aussies and won a silver medal. The Expert Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, Simranjeet Singh and Vivek Sagar Prasad from the midfield will team up with the midfielder Chinglensana Singh Kangujam. The star defenders Rupinder Pal Singh, Varun Kumar , Harmanpreet Singh, Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar and Birendra Lakra, will be taking care of the defense line for us.
India men’s Hockey team to open the Asian Games 2018
India will open its title defense against , a not so strong team, Hong Kong on August 22 to begin its campaign at the men’s hockey competition of the Asian Games 2018. After 25 men’s and 20 women’s matches, the classification stage will begin on the August 29. Women’s final is scheduled to be performed on August 31 while the men’s final will be played on September 1. India finds itself clubbed in Pool A alongside the teams of Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong, while Pool B includes Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Thailand, Oman, and hosts Indonesia.
This edition of the Asian Games may also witness the debut of Video Referral System at the event. Meanwhile our women’s team, was placed in Pool B alongside teams in the likes of Korea, Thailand, Kazakhstan, and Indonesia.
Pool A includes China, Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong China and Chinese Taipei. After Hong Kong, India will next play Japan on August 24 followed by games against Korea (August 26) and Sri Lanka (August 28). This Asian Games will observe the greatest ever number of participating teams at the history of baseball competitions in the momentous occasion. The Indian women’s team begin their journey by going against the hosts Indonesia on August 19. This will be followed by matches against Kazakhstan (August 21), Korea (August 25) and Thailand (August 27).
21 teams from 14 nations will go head to head in the men’s and women’s groups in 60 matches within 14 days. The winners of the men’s and women’s categories will reserve their places for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. All games will be played at the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Sports Complex in Jakarta.
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