Social Media Erupts As India Reaches Olympic Hockey Semifinal After 49 Years
The Indian men’s hockey group procures a memorable success over Great Britain Britain 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, to arrive at the semi-final of the quadrennial game.
It’s been 49 years since India didn’t reach the semi-finals of the Olympics. The last time they reached that stage was the 1972 Munich Games, wherein they won the bronze after receiving a defeat by arch-rivals Pakistan.
But today is one of the most special days in the history of Indian Men’s hockey in the last four decades. The team didn’t have star players like Dhanraj Pillay or Sandeep Singh or Sardar Singh who, in spite of being globally popular, couldn’t help India in winning a medal. But, Manpreet Singh’s men acted as a unit where each player rose to the occasion when needed. Today, a combined unit played together to show why the Indian team are in the top-3 positions of the world.
Chak De India !
What a great moment for Indian hockey. Beating Great Britain in great fashion.
First semi-final after 1972 Olympics. Maza aa gaya. Best wishes for the semis. #Hockey #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/sBzsJEXGFH
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 1, 2021
Dilpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh, and Hardik Singh were on the scoresheet as India delivered a historic win over Great Britain. A concrete self-possession in the midfield with the number of correct passes between the defense and offense lead to this reverberating triumph. Goalkeeper Sreejesh has been the sanctioned guardian for the Blues.
— Akash Pandey (@akashonpoint) August 1, 2021
In their latest visit through Europe in March this year, India had gone head to head with Great Britain in two games where they drew 1-1 in the first game, and beat Great Britain 3-2 in the second. Indian team saw a reawakening since their elimination from the Hockey World Cup quarter-finals in 2018 with their game getting strong and rising through the ladders. The Indian men’s hockey team showed promise in their run-up to the Tokyo Olympics in the last couple of years.
QUARTER ⏩ SEMIS
CHAK DE INDIA!!🇮🇳
The rub of the green didn’t go our way but the way the team fought was inspiring. And @16Sreejesh is just phenomenal 🙌🏻 @TheHockeyIndia 👏🏻👏🏻 #GoForGold #believe #Teamindia #Olympics #Tokyo2020 https://t.co/smfB2TLe69
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) August 1, 2021
Notwithstanding the failure against Australia (1-7) in their second game in the Pool A matches in the Olympics, India did well to complete second in their pool with significant successes against New Zealand (3-2), Spain (3-0), Argentina (3-1) and Japan (5-3).
Jeet gaye!!!!! 💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽
Is bar gold la do ladko 🙏🏽🙏🏽
— Abhinav Khare (@iabhinavKhare) August 1, 2021
Now, a resounding success against Great Britain has again kept us waiting with bated breath — will the Indian team win a medal at the Olympics after 41 years?
Greatest moment for Indian Hockey since the 1980 Gold medal at the Moscow Olympics. I am just so proud of the team. Congrats boys. I have tears of joy in my eyes. Thank you for what you guys are doing at Tokyo 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳
— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) August 1, 2021