Meet the Indian Men’s Hockey Team that Made Olympic History

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  • 2023-09-08
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41 years — that’s how long it took for the Indian Men’s Hockey Team to bag an Olympic win after its last victory at the world’s most prestigious sporting event. The team defeated Germany 5-4 and brought home the coveted bronze medal on August 5, 2021. Before this win, the nation’s last hockey medal at the Olympics was back in 1980, when India earned a gold medal. A 41-year-old curse has now been lifted. This victory will motivate thousands to pick up field hockey, a sport with a long history and heritage in India. Here is all the information you need to understand about the current Indian men’s hockey squad.

Indian Men’s Hockey Team Achieved Great Success at the Tokyo Olympics.

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India defeated New Zealand 3-2, Australia 1-7, Spain 3-0, Argentina 3-1, and Japan 5-3 in Pool A.

Men’s Bronze Medal Match: India 5-4 Germany Men’s Quarter-Final: India 3-1 Britain Men’s Semi-Final: India 2-5 Belgium

Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh and defenders Birendra Lakra, Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Rupinder Pal Singh, and Harmanpreet Singh, will represent India in men’s hockey at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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

Midfielders: Sumit, Nilakanta Sharma, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Manpreet Singh, and Hardik Singh.

Goalkeeper Krishan Pathak, defender Varun Kumar, and midfielder Simranjit Singh are on standby with Coach Graham Reid.

PR Sreejesh

Goalkeeper and former captain of the Indian national hockey team, Parraatu Raveendran Sreejesh plays hockey professionally in India. He plays for the Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the Hockey India League and is referred to as “the Wall of India.” Sreejesh was a crucial contributor to the Indian men’s national field hockey team, winning the bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Manpreet Singh

The 29-year-old captain, Manpreet Singh , is a natural leader who not only led his country at the Junior World Cup but also entered the senior team considerably early on. He was trained on the borders of Punjab’s Jalandhar. He guided the Indian hockey team, a talented midfielder or halfback, to the bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Harmanpreet Singh

Harmanpreet Singh is the defender for the Indian national field hockey team. He competed in the 2016 Junior Hockey World Cup champions. Singh has had a strong interest in hockey since he was young, and has said that his field efforts have helped him hone his skills as a player.

Rupinder Pal Singh

Professional field hockey player Rupinder Pal Singh now plays for India’s hockey squad. He is regarded as one of the top drag flickers in the world and plays as a fullback. He is also an important member of the Indian hockey team, which took home a bronze medal in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Surender Kumar

A defender for the Indian hockey team, Surender Kumar is a national team member that competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics and hails from Karnal, Haryana. His excellent abilities as a defender gained attention thanks to his outstanding performance at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Amit Rohidas

Amit Rohidas plays defense for India’s national hockey team. He has shown his defensive prowess in previous national competitions and occasionally doubled for penalty corners. In PC defenses, he is a dependable rusher as well. He began playing hockey in Saunamara Village, where he was raised, before enrolling at the Panposh Sports Hostel in Rourkela.

Mandeep Singh

Mandeep Singh leads the Indian Hockey Team’s offense. Singh, who hails from the picturesque Punjabi town of Jalandhar, has played more than 150 times for India. His most substantial strength is his capacity to locate the net from acute angles and act as an opportunistic poacher within the circle.

Hardik Singh

Hardik Singh, a midfielder for the Indian National Hockey Team, will compete in his first Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. Hardik has quickly advanced to become a crucial player on the team.

After four hard decades, the Indian Men’s Hockey Team has unquestionably marked its course with the historical triumph in Tokyo. The team has filled our entire nation with pride. Not only did the players’ friends and family join in the celebration, but Indians from all over the world rejoiced. Our Indian hockey team deserves praise for making us proud once more!


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