India faced a downfall with their game in the later stages of their career but they were one once the masters in business. Thumping, every opposition with ease and marking their authority, India brought a carnage in the World Hockey especially during the Olympic games.
The Indian team won three gold medals on the trot in the Olympic games. The wins came in during 1948, 1952 and 1956 and then claimed a gold medal in 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. After World War II, London hosted the Olympic Games in 1948 after a gap of 12 years. Indian legend Dhyan Chand had aged by then and only played in exhibition matches.
The 1948 seemed to be a bigger triumph as the tournament was hosted by England in London and India notched up a great win by a margin of 4-0 in that ultimate title clash. They later won it in 1952 at Helsinki and in 1956 Melbourne Olympics under the leadership of Kishan Lal, K. D. Singh “Babu” and Balbir Singh Sr. respectively.
India won their seventh gold medal in the Tokyo in 1964. India hold a record of total seven Olympic gold medals. India won silver in men’s hockey in 1960. In 1968 and 1972, men’s hockey team managed to clinch bronze medals. The present Indian team would also be looking forward to revive the kind of game play they persisted in the early years of this game.