It is all sensationally happy news for India in the hockey world, since few days – as the Indian Junior hockey team have registered themselves a massive 22-0 victory over the American team in the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia on Wednesday.
Hockey, India’s national game has been under spotlight and I can see rising popularity of the game – it could even surpass the vogue of cricket, maybe someday, who knows! So, back to the game – the Indian junior team made its maiden appearance as junior world champions and the colts literally mauled the opponent team with an unbelievable score of 22-0 against USA. With this, the Indian junior team booked itself their third consecutive victory at the Sultan of Johor Cup in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
The game on Wednesday was stunning – it was literally raining goals from the Indian team as they pumped up 22 clean goals from 10 different players, with a zero from the contender American team. Harmanjit Singh (25th, 26th, 40th, 45th, 52nd minutes), Abhishek (28th, 37th, 38th, 45th), Vishal Antil (2nd, 30th, 44th), Dilpreet Singh (3rd, 54th, 59th), Maninder Singh (42nd, 43rd), Pratap Lakra (2nd), Rabichandra Moirangthem (7th), Raushan Kumar (37th), Shilanand Lakra (47th) and Vivek Prasad (48th) scored as India ran away with a comfortable victory. And this win has propelled the Indian team on the top of the points table for the tournament, with 9 points from three matches.
Somehow, the India-US hockey matches has proved to be one of the most lopsided match-ups ever, even in senior hockey tournaments – as back in 1932 at the Summer Olympics, the Indian men’s hockey team had won with an awestruck 24-1 score and in 1956 games, India had fumbled USA with 16-0. So the juniors’ score is a close reminiscent to that of the big boys of the blue team. With a 3-2 win against Japan, 2-1 win against Malaysia, the starry 22-0 win against US – the Indian colts are now preparing for their big game against Australia today, and in the last pool game – they will be playing against Great Britain. Fingers crossed.