The Indian hockey team has made history by reaching the semi-finals for the first time since 1972. In the quarter finals, India defeated Great Britain 3-1. For Team India, Dilpreet Singh scored in the 7th minute, Gurjant Singh in the 16th minute and Hardik Singh in the 57th minute. Team India will now face Belgium in the semifinals on August 3. The second semi-final will be played on the same day between Australia and Germany.
Hockey was played in the semifinal format at the 1972 Olympics. After this in 1976 Team India could not reach the knockout. India won a gold medal in 1980, but there was no semi-final format in that Olympics. The two teams with the most points after the group stage played directly in the final.
Won 4 matches in pool leg for the first time since 1972
For the first time since 1972, Team India has won 4 or more matches in the pool stage. In the 1972 Olympics, India won 5 out of 7 matches in the pool stage. After this, India could not win more than 3 matches in the group stage till the 2016 Olympics. From 1984 to 2016, the Indian team never won more than two matches in the group stage.
India won 8 gold medals in men’s hockey
India has won the most number of medals in men’s hockey at the Olympics. The team won gold medals at the 1928, 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1964 and 1980 Olympics. He also won a silver medal in 1960 and a bronze medal in 1968 and 1972. India has not won a medal in hockey since the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Great performance of Team India in last 5 years
The performance of the Indian hockey team has been steadily declining since 1980. She did not do well after finishing 5th at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. For the first time, the team did not qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The Indian team finished last in the 2016 Rio Olympics. India’s performance has improved a lot in the last five years. That was the reason why the team reached the third position in the world rankings. But now that they have reached the semi-finals, Team India has made history once again.