India men's national field hockey team

The India men's national field hockey team is a team that represents India in international Field hockey competitions. The team is under the control of Indian Hockey Federation. India was the first non-European team to be a part of the International Hockey Federation.[2] In 1928, the team won its first Olympic gold medal and until 1960, the Indian men's team remained unbeaten in the Olympics, winning six gold medals in a row. The team had a 30–0 winning streak during this time, from their first game until losing in the 1960 gold medal final. India also won the World Cup in 1975. India's hockey team is the most successful team ever in the Olympics, having won eight gold medals. India emerged as champions at the games in 1928, 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1964, 1980. India also has the best overall performance in Olympic history with 77 victories out of the 126 matches played. They have also scored the most goals in the Olympics than any other team. They are also the only team to ever win the Olympics without conceding a single goal in 1928 and 1956.

NicknameMen in Blue
Bharat Army
AssociationHockey India
ConfederationASHF (Asia)
CoachGraham Reid
Assistant coach(es)Gregg Clark
Piyush Dubey
ManagerShivendra Singh
CaptainManpreet Singh
FIH ranking
Current 4 (30 June 2021)[1]
Highest4 (February 2020 – April 2021, June 2021–present)
Lowest12 (2007)
Olympic Games
Appearances21 (first in 1928)
Best result Champions (1928, 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1964, 1980)
World Cup
Appearances14 (first in 1971)
Best result Champions (1975)
Asian Games
Appearances16 (first in 1958)
Best result Champions (1966, 1998, 2014)
Asia Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1982)
Best result Champions (2003, 2007, 2017)

The men in blues are also one of the most successful team in Asia. They have won the Asian Games three times in the year 1966, 1998 and 2014. India came out on top in the Asia Cup in 2003, 2007 and in 2017. India has won 40 out of the 53 matches, the most by any team in the Asia Cup. They are also the most successful team in the Asian Champions Trophy by winning the competition three times in 2011, 2016 and in 2018. In total, India have won 27 official international titles.


Golden years (1928–59)

India decided to send a team in 1928 Olympics after the formation of Indian Hockey Federation. India then went on to win the whole competition. In the group stage india beat Austria 6–0, Belgium 9–0 and Switzerland 5–0 without conceding a single goal. They defeated Netherlands 3–0 in the final under the captaincy of Jaipal Singh Munda.[3] India then went on to defend their title in 1932 Olympics with a 11–1 win over Japan and 24–1 win over USA in that match Dhyan Chand hit 8 goals and Roop Singh scored 10 goals, This is still the largest margin of victory ever in the Olympic games even after all these years.[4] India went to the 1936 Olympics to win their 3rd straight title, this time captained by legendary player Dhyan Chand himself. India stormed through the group stage by winning against Japan 9–0, Hungary 4–0 and United States 7–0. In the Semi-finals they defeated France 10–0. The team went on to face Germany in the final. The match was won by India 8–1, it was the only goal india conceded in the whole competition and also remains the biggest winning margin in the final.[4] The Indian hockey team that won 3 successive Olympics title is often regarded as the greatest ever team.[5]

The World War II caused the cancellation of 1940 and 1944 Olympics, which ended the era of the team that dominated the world hockey.[6] In the 1948 Olympics India was placed in group A and won all the three games, a 8–0 win over Austria, Argentina 9–1 and Spain 2–0. In the final India went on to face Great Britain, it was the first time India faced them. Great British team has already won the gold medal in 1908 and 1920, so this match was billed as battle of Champions and eventually India won the match 4–0.[7] The result was a sweet one for India, which gained independence from Britain just a year ago. This win is often regarded as the greatest ever moment of Indian field hockey and also all of Indian sports.[8]

India went on to win 2 further gold medal at the Olympics in 1952 Olympics and 1956 Olympics, preserving its record as the most successful and dominant team at that time. In 1952 Olympics quarter-finals India won against Austria 4–0, Great Britain 3–1 in Semi-final and thumped Netherlands by the score of 6–1.[9] The match is famous for the 5 goal magical performance of Balbir Singh Sr.,which is an Olympic record that still stands today. In the 1956 Olympics India defeated Afghanistan 14–0, United States 16–0 and Singapore 6–0 in group stage. India defeated Germany 1–0 in semi-final. In the final India faced Pakistan and won the match 1–0, which was the beginning of the biggest rivalry in field hockey.[10] India and Pakistan again met each other in 1958 Asian Games and this time the match ended in a 0–0 draw. India also defeated Japan 8–0, South Korea 2–1 and Malaysia 6–0. But Pakistan claimed gold medal in the Asian Games by better average. It was the first time India finished runners-up in an international competition.[11]

Last years of dominance (1960–80)

In the 1960 Olympics India started its campaign by winning against Denmark 10–0, and Netherlands 4–1, New Zealand 3–0. India defeated Australia and Great Britain in quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively. In the final it was the beginning of a new era ,for the first time India lost a match at the Olympics, 0–1 loss to Pakistan in the final which ended India's streak of 6 successive gold medals and 30 match unbeaten run.[12] Two years later India went on to win another silver medal at the 1962 Asian Games. India returned strongly in 1964 Olympics by registering wins against Hong Kong, Belgium, Netherlands, Malaysia and Canada and drawing with Spain and Germany. In the Semi-finals India defeated Australia 3–1, and they won against Pakistan in the final to take their 7th gold medal at the games and also went on to clinch the gold medal in 1966 Asian Games by defeating Pakistan again.[13]

In 1968 Olympics India started with a loss against New Zealand but won all of their remaining 6 matches against West Germany, Japan, Spain, Mexico, East Germany, Belgium but India went to a new low, for the first time as they were defeated in the semi-final by Australia and went on to play bronze medal match at the games but they successfully claimed the bronze medal by beating West Germany.[14] In 1972 Olympics also the result was same India started brightly by defeating Great Britain, Australia, Kenya, New Zealand and Mexico but drew with Netherlands and Poland. They were defeated in the semi-finals by Pakistan. In the Third-place match India defeated the Netherlands to claim bronze medal.[15]

One year prior to the 1972 Olympics India won bronze medal at the 1971 World Cup by virtue of a win over Kenya. In 1973 World Cup India defeated Pakistan in semi-finals, but lost to Netherlands in the final in penalty shoot-out after the match ended in a 2–2 draw. But in the 1975 World Cup India defeated Malaysia in the semi-final before beating arch-rivals Pakistan to claim their first title.[16]In the 1976 Olympics astro-turf hockey pitch was introduced, India struggled to maintain their dominance like they did on grass fields and for the first time ever returned home empty handed. The 1980 Olympics was held in Moscow, India started their campaign with an 18–0 win over Tanzania followed by a 2–2 draw with Poland and Spain and resounding win over Cuba by a margin of 13–0 and another win over Soviet Union by a scoreline of 4–2. India Later won the gold medal for the record 8th time by defeating Spain in the final by a score of 4–3.[17]

Decline (1981–1997)

After the 1980 Olympics success India's performance declined and the following decades proved to be of ups and downs for the national team. As the team failed to win any medal in the World cup or Olympics , but continued to be a top team in Asia and went on to win several medals in continental competitions.1982 World Cup was hosted by India in and finished at 5th position. The team lost to Pakistan in both 1982 Asian Games final and the inaugural Asia Cup final held in Karachi. India ended the 80s by winning bronze medal at the 1986 Asian Games and 1982 Champions Trophy and silver medals at the 1985 Asia Cup and 1989 Asia Cup. Their only gold medal success in a major tournament came in the 1985 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. India also went on to win 1991 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and reached finals of 1994 Asia Cup but lost to South Korea in the final. But India later went on to win the 1995 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

Resurgence (1998–2012)

India won their first continental title after 32 years at the 1998 Asian Games by defeating South Korea. The team finished 4th at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. They ended the decade by collecting bronze medal at the 1999 Asia Cup.

India started the new millennium by the inaugural Hockey Champions Challenge beating South Africa in the final. In 2003 India won their first ever Asia Cup title. India clinched the first and only 2003 Afro-Asian Games title by defeating Pakistan in the final. For the First time in their history the team did not win a medal at the Asian Games as they finished fifth at the 2006 Asian Games, but India defended their title successfully in the Asia Cup by winning the 2007 Asia Cup. In the final the team conveniently beat South Korea 7–2. It was in 2007 the team slumped to their lowest ever ranking of 12 in FIH World Rankings.

The next Asia Cup tournament in 2009 proved to be disastrous as the team finished 5th and failed to get any medals. The first time that happened. But the team regained momentum after winning the 2009 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and also became the joint winners in the 2010 edition. In the 2010 World Cup, which was hosted in India, and the team finished on 8th position. In the 2010 Commonwealth Games which was again hosted by India, the national team reached the final where they were defeated 0–8 by Australia in the final, the biggest defeat India ever suffered. India became the first ever champions of the Asian Champions Trophy after they beat Pakistan in the final of the 2011 edition. In 2012 the team finished last at the Olympics as they lost all their matches, it was disappointing given the fact that they are the most successful team ever at the Olympics. India also finished runners-up in the 2012 Asian Champions Trophy.


After the disappointment in Olympics India played at the 2013 Asian Champions Trophy but could only finish at 5th place. The 2014 Asian Games became the turning point as the team defeated Pakistan to win their 3rd gold medal. In 2014–15 Hockey World League India won the bronze medal by beating Netherlands. The team reached the finals of 2016 Men's Hockey Champions Trophy but lost to Australia in penalty shootout. But bounced back by winning Asian Champions Trophy in 2016 Asian Champions Trophy by defeating Pakistan and 2017 Asia Cup by defeating Malaysia. The team also won bronze medal at the 2016–17 Hockey World League by defeating Germany 1–0. The team also reached the knock-out stages of Olympics since 1980 but lost to Belgium.

The 2018 Asian Games proved little disappointment as India who was defending champions as well as favourites was surprised by Malaysia in semi-final but won bronze medal by defeating Pakistan 2–1. The team returned strongly by winning 2018 Asian Champions Trophy and collecting a gold medal at the 2018–19 Men's Hockey Series. India played as hosts in the 2018 Hockey World Cup and reached the quarter-finals but lost to Netherlands.


Tournament history

Summer Olympics

Olympic Games
Year Host city Position
1928 Amsterdam, Netherlands
1932 Los Angeles, United States
1936 Berlin, Germany
1948 London, United Kingdom
1952 Helsinki, Finland
1956 Melbourne, Australia
1960 Rome, Italy
1964 Tokyo, Japan
1968 Mexico City, Mexico
1972 Munich, West Germany
1976 Montreal, Canada 7th
1980 Moscow, Soviet Union
1984 Los Angeles, United States 5th
1988 Seoul, South Korea 6th
1992 Barcelona, Spain 7th
1996 Atlanta, United States 8th
2000 Sydney, Australia 7th
2004 Athens, Greece 7th
2012 London, United Kingdom 12th
2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 8th
2020 Tokyo, Japan Qualified

World Cup

World Cup
Year Host city Position
1971 Barcelona, Spain
1973 Amstelveen, Netherlands
1975 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1978 Buenos Aires, Argentina 6th
1982 Mumbai, India 5th
1986 London, England 12th
1990 Lahore, Pakistan 10th
1994 Sydney, Australia 5th
1998 Utrecht, Netherlands 9th
2002 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 10th
2006 Mönchengladbach, Germany 11th
2010 New Delhi, India 8th
2014 The Hague, Netherlands 9th
2018 Bhubaneswar, India 6th
2023 BhubaneswarRourkela, India Qualified

World League

Hockey World League
Year Host city Position
2012–13 New Delhi, India 6th
2014–15 Raipur, India
2016–17 Bhubaneswar, India

Champions Trophy

Champions Trophy
Year Host city Position
1980 Karachi, Pakistan 5th
1982 Amstelveen, Netherlands
1983 Karachi, Pakistan 4th
1985 Perth, Australia 6th
1986 Karachi, Pakistan 5th
1989 Berlin, West Germany 6th
1995 Berlin, Germany 5th
1996 Madras, India 4th
2002 Cologne, Germany 4th
2003 Amsterdam, Netherlands 4th
2004 Lahore, Pakistan 4th
2005 Chennai, India 6th
2012 Melbourne, Australia 4th
2014 Bhubaneswar, India 4th
2016 London, United Kingdom
2018 Breda, Netherlands

Asian Games

Asian Games
Year Host city Position
1958 Tokyo, Japan
1962 Jakarta, Indonesia
1966 Bangkok, Thailand
1970 Bangkok, Thailand
1974 Tehran, Iran
1978 Bangkok, Thailand
1982 New Delhi, India
1986 Seongnam, South Korea
1990 Beijing, China
1994 Hiroshima, Japan
1998 Bangkok, Thailand
2002 Busan, South Korea
2006 Doha, Qatar 5th
2010 Guangzhou, China
2014 Incheon, South Korea
2018 Jakarta-Palembang, Indonesia

Asia Cup

Asia Cup
Year Host city Position
1982 Karachi, Pakistan
1985 Dhaka, Bangladesh
1989 New Delhi, India
1994 Hiroshima, Japan
1999 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2003 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2007 Chennai, India
2009 Kuantan, Malaysia 5th
2013 Ipoh, Malaysia
2017 Dhaka, Bangladesh

Asian Champions Trophy

Asian Champions Trophy
Year Host city Position
2011 Ordos, China
2012 Doha, Qatar
2013 Kakamigahara, Japan 5th
2016 Kuantan, Malaysia
2018 Muscat, Oman
2021 Dhaka, Bangladesh Qualified

Pro League

Pro League
Year Host city Position
2020–21 N/A 4th

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
Year Host city Position
1983 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1985 Ipoh, Malaysia
1991 Ipoh, Malaysia
1995 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2001 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 5th
2004 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 7th
2005 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 5th
2006 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2007 Ipoh, Malaysia
2008 Ipoh, Malaysia
2009 Ipoh, Malaysia
2010 Ipoh, Malaysia
2011 Ipoh, Malaysia 6th
2012 Ipoh, Malaysia
2013 Ipoh, Malaysia 5th
2015 Ipoh, Malaysia
2016 Ipoh, Malaysia
2017 Ipoh, Malaysia
2018 Ipoh, Malaysia 5th
2019 Ipoh, Malaysia

Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games
Year Host city Position
1998 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4th
2006 Melbourne, Australia 6th
2010 New Delhi, India
2014 Glasgow, Scotland
2018 Gold Coast, Australia 4th

Hockey Champions Challenge

Champions Challenge
Year Host city Position
2001 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2007 Boom, Belgium
2009 Salta, Argentina
2011 Johannesburg, South Africa

Hockey Series

World Hockey Series
Year Host city Position
2018–19 Bhubaneswar, India

Afro-Asian Games

Afro-Asian Games
Year Host city Position
2003 Hyderabad, India

South Asian Games

South Asian Games
Year Host city Position
1995 Madras, India
2006 Colombo, Sri Lanka
2010 Dhaka, Bangladesh
2016 Guwahati, India


2020 Olympic squad

The squad was announced on 18 June 2021.[18]

Head coach: Graham Reid[19]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps GoalsClub
2 FW Dilpreet Singh (1999-11-12)12 November 1999 (aged 21) 44 18 Petroleum Sports Promotion Board
3 DF Rupinder Pal Singh (1990-11-11)11 November 1990 (aged 30) 216 115 Indian Overseas Bank
6 DF Surender Kumar (1993-11-23)23 November 1993 (aged 27) 135 3 Food Corporation of India
7 MF Manpreet Singh (Captain) (1992-06-26)26 June 1992 (aged 29) 269 22 Punjab Armed Police
8 MF Hardik Singh (1998-09-23)23 September 1998 (aged 22) 39 1 Petroleum Sports Promotion Board
9 FW Gurjant Singh (1995-01-26)26 January 1995 (aged 26) 47 15 Petroleum Sports Promotion Board
10 FW Simranjeet Singh (1996-12-27)27 December 1996 (aged 24) 47 13 Petroleum Sports Promotion Board
11 FW Mandeep Singh (1995-01-25)25 January 1995 (aged 26) 159 82 Petroleum Sports Promotion Board
13 DF Harmanpreet Singh (1996-01-06)6 January 1996 (aged 25) 119 74 Petroleum Sports Promotion Board
14 FW Lalit Upadhyay (1993-12-01)1 December 1993 (aged 27) 108 26 Petroleum Sports Promotion Board
16 GK P. R. Sreejesh (1988-05-08)8 May 1988 (aged 33) 236 0 Kerala
17 MF Sumit (1996-12-20)20 December 1996 (aged 24) 66 2 Petroleum Sports Promotion Board
18 MF Nilakanta Sharma (1995-05-02)2 May 1995 (aged 26) 59 11 Petroleum Sports Promotion Board
21 FW Shamsher Singh (1997-07-29)29 July 1997 (aged 23) 6 1 Punjab National Bank
22 DF Varun Kumar (1995-07-25)25 July 1995 (aged 25) 85 22 Petroleum Sports Promotion Board
26 DF Birendra Lakra (1990-02-03)3 February 1990 (aged 31) 197 10 Petroleum Sports Promotion Board
30 DF Amit Rohidas (1993-05-10)10 May 1993 (aged 28) 97 17 Petroleum Sports Promotion Board
32 MF Vivek Prasad (2000-02-25)25 February 2000 (aged 21) 62 15 Petroleum Sports Promotion Board

Support staff

Notable former players

See also


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