A match of India vs Pakistan in any form of sport never fails to attract fans, and when I say fans, they are not only fans from these two respective countries but from around the world as well.
Well, it’s a truth that today, that a Match of India Vs Pakistan in Cricket will be much more hyped than an India Vs Pakistan hockey encounter. But do you think that this is fair enough?
I mean, India Vs Pakistan in any form of sport is not just two teams playing the game, it’s about the two nations, it’s about their ‘Jabbra’ fans, it’s about the ‘Rivalry’.
Today, we have got you 5 of the best matches played between these two teams. So that during this quarantine period, you can just sit back and relive those memorable moments which had a big impact on the future of these teams and the future of their common national game ‘Hockey’.
11956 Olympic Games: The Beginning
For starters, let’s take up this memorable 1st Olympic FINAL between these arch-rivals.
In the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, The Indian Hockey team was led by center-forward Balbir Singh (Later by Udham Singh). This Indian squad was a very experienced side as the results of the league matches (Beat Afghanistan 14-0, United States 16-0 and Singapore 6-0) reflected the same.
India lost their skipper Balbir Singh very early in the tournament as he suffered from a fractured finger in the first game of the tournament itself. Balbir’s injury gave Udham Singh a great opportunity to showcase his captaining ability, and guess what? He didn’t disappoint his fans as he scored seven goals against the U.S, two versus Singapore and then the match-decider during India’s 1-0 win in the semifinals against Germany.
In the final against arch rivals Pakistan, fullback player Randhir Singh Gentle converted a second-half short corner into a match deciding goal, as India beat Pakistan by a 1-0 margin.
It was hardly a surprise for anyone that the team came away with another gold medal, eventually, their sixth in a row.
21964 Olympic Games- India Win’s The Only Medal (Gold) Of The Tournament
If one is asked to name one of the most memorable Win’s in the history of Indian Hockey, this match will surely ensure a top 2 finish atleast, such was the significance of this contest.
A team which was considered below average for the tournament, was led by an experienced Charanjit Singh. Surprisingly, in the eight-team pool, India won all but two of the seven matches as both of them ended in a draw. In the semis, the team came up against the favourites for the tournament, Australia. A strike by Mohinder Lal in the middle and two penalty corners in the time span of three minutes gave India a memorable 3-1 victory. This victory ensured that it was going to be an India vs Pakistan in the finals.
Although, Pakistan were the favourites for this match as they ended India’s 6-time gold-winning streak in the final of the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy. In a thrilling 70 odd minute encounter, the players didn’t upset any of the fans. In the first half, Pakistan dominated the early part before the Indians players went on the attacking mode.
After a blank first-half for both the teams, India received a penalty stroke after Prithipal Singh’s penalty corner shot struck defender Munir on the foot. Mohinder Lal, converted the stroke for the match-winning goal.
Indian players celebrated the victory by dancing Bhangra amidst the emotional scenes. The Pakistan team members trooped out of the ground with their heads bowed in defeat.
31975 World Cup – Regaining The Supremacy
Again, a match to remember.
Indian hockey team had come into this tournament with some heartbreaking memories of the loss they suffered to 1973 World Cup hosts Netherlands, in the final of the tournament.
Led by Captain Ajit Pal Singh, this team left no stone unturned to ensure that they got the Cup home on this occasion. The team won 3 of the 5 matches, lost 1 and drew 1 in the pool phase.
India advanced to the semi-finals to play against Malaysia, and eventually won the game by a close 3-2 finish.
A close contest against arch rivals Pakistan was there on the cards.
The match started with Pakistan’s Muhammad Zahid Sheikh scoring in the 17th minute of the first half of the game, which eventually gave the neighbours a 1-0 lead. Then in a do or die situation, an equaliser came in from penalty corner specialist Surjit Singh in the 44th minute of the game.
With the scores being level at 1-1, Ashok Kumar, son of Major Dhyanchand, hit the final nail in the coffin during the 51st minute itself, giving India a match winning 2-1 lead.
The glory of this match can be felt by this statement of Ashok Kumar himself, where he described this match as, ‘A dream’.
4Commonwealth Games 2010: A new beginning
The 2010 Commonwealth Games match between these two neighbours was played at a packed ‘Major Dhanychand Stadium’ which was obviously fully sold out before 3 ½ months before the event.
After two below average performances against Malaysia and Australia, the Indian team had their mettle to prove against Pakistan and they did that in style.
A brilliant Sandeep Singh gave Indian team a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game itself. Then the likes of Sarvanjit Singh, Danish Mujtaba and Dharamvir Singh scored the remaining 5 goals in the match to beat Pakistan by a historic 7-4 margin.
5Hockey World League 2014 : A win but a loss for Pakistan
It was the semifinals of the HWL tournament when a jubilant home crowd were in full voice when India’s Gurjinder Singh scored the first goal of the match for India in the 12th minute of the game itself. Although, Pakistan’s Muhammad Arslan Quadir scored the equaliser almost 5 minutes later.
The crowd was then silenced in the 32nd minute again when Muhammad Waquas gave Pakistan a 2-1 lead. However, In the 44th minute, India leveled the score by a goal from Dharamvir Singh.
Pakistan retook the lead with a clever short from corner which was scored by Muhammad Irfan, but again after three minutes, India equalised it to make it 3-3.
A dramatical end of the match saw a goal from Pakistan’s Muhammad Arslan Qadir, which broke the hearts of a million Indian fans.
However, after winning the match against their arch rivals, Pakistan players took off their shirts and made offensive gestures at the crowd present in the stadium.
This resulted in the FIH committee to suspended two players Muhammad Tousiq & Ali Amjad. Further, Hockey India ruled out any Pakistani players participation in future editions of Hockey India League.