In the ongoing Asian Games, Indian hockey team broke its own 86-year-old world record of defeating the US by 24-1 in the Olympics. Defeating Hong-Kong by 26-0, the teams played A one-sided Pool B match in Indonesia. This is the second consecutive big win for India after they defeated the hosts, Indonesia by 17-0 in the pool A match.
In the first three minutes, Rupinderpal Singh scored the first goal. In five minutes, India had already scored four goals. The Indian hockey team scored goals every two minutes.
India had 21 penalties out of which they managed to score nine goals. In the last six minutes, India scored four more goals taking it to 26-0 against Hong Kong, says NDTV.
When the match reached a nail-biting finale in the last seven minutes, the Indian goalkeeper was replaced with Krishnan Bahadur Pathak in the second half. The Indian team ended the first quarter with a six-goal lead. In the second quarter, they made it to 14-0 after the additional eight additional goals.
The scorecard of the Indian hockey team reads as follows:
Rupinderpal Singh (3rd, 5th, 30th, 45th, 59th minutes), Harmanpreet Singh (29th, 52nd, 53rd, 54th) and Akashdeep Singh (2nd, 32nd, 35th) scored a hattrick each, while Manpreet Singh (3rd, 17th), Lalit Upadhyay (17th, 19th), Varun Kumar (23rd, 30th), SV Sunil (7th), Vivek Sagar Prasad (14th), Mandeep Singh (21st), Amit Rohidas (27th), Dilpreet Singh (48th), Chinglensana Singh (51st), Simranjeet Singh (53rd) and Surender Kumar (55th) were the other goal-getters for India, according toThe Hindu.
During this year's s Commonwealth Games, held in the Gold Coast, Australia, unfortunately, the Indian Hockey team couldn’t perform well, which is why this win becomes important.
One of the winning factors for this match was the rigorous training given by new coach Harendra Singh. In 2012, he was honoured with the Dronacharya award, says Quint.
(At the time of publishing this copy, India had won 23 medals - 6 gold, 4 silver, 13 bronze)