Indian males hockey group is within the ascendancy. A cursory look at how they’ve fared of their previous three appearances on the Olympics will clear any doubts.
Let’s begin with the Beijing Olympics. Effectively, there’s nothing to write about that since the boys’s hockey group did not make the reduce for the 2008 Summer time Olympics. That was one of many lowest factors in the illustrious historical past of the eight-time Olympic champions.
They did qualify for London 2012 however that was the one achievement they might take pleasure in since on the Video games, India misplaced all 5 matches and completed 12th among the many 12 members.
Come Rio 2016 they usually confirmed extra progress. A quarterfinals look adopted the place they misplaced to eventual silver medalist Belgium.
Now, at Tokyo 2020, they’ve once more progressed to the last-16 stage. They usually have a string of three straight wins for being high-on-confidence forward of their quarterfinals conflict in opposition to Nice Britain.
However can they seal a first semifinal berth in 41 years? Present rankings and previous file (in knockouts) in opposition to Britain increase hopes as they’ve received on all three events at any time when the 2 have met throughout that stage – 1948 London Olympics ultimate, Helsinki 1952 semi-final, and Rome 1960 semi-final.
Total, the 2 groups have met eight occasions at Olympics earlier than however the honours are shared with every profitable 4 occasions.
India began their Pool A marketing campaign with a hard-fought 3-2 win over New Zealand earlier than struggling their worst ever defeat at an Olympic after they have been crushed 1-7 by Australia. Nonetheless, they recovered from the jolt and went on to beat Spain 3-0, obtained the higher of reigning Olympic champions Argentina 3-1 and swept apart Japan 5-Three to complete second in Pool A. The outcomes have seen them climb as much as third in the most recent hockey rankings.
Then again, Britain have been inconsistent at finest. They defeated South Africa and Canada by a related scoreline of 3-1 earlier than being outclassed by Germany 1-5 adopted by two consecutive the Netherlands and Belgium as they completed third to make the quarters.
The final time these two met on the Olympics was at Sydney 2000 for a fifth-place playoff when Britain received 2-1. It has been a whereas that the 2 groups have clashed on the worldwide stage as effectively with a bunch stage assembly on the World League Ultimate in 2017 being the final time they performed one another.
India will likely be hoping that their dragflickers proceed the great work and the protection comprising Birender Lakra, Amit Rohidas, Harmanpreet Singh and Rupinder Pal Singh rise to the event.