Hockey: India vs. Pakistan

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Hockey, India vs. Pakistan, 2003-2010; Graphic courtesy: The Times of India, Apr 13 2016

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India and Pakistan: Asian Games


The Times of India Stats: BG Joshi

India and Pakistan have ruled the Asian Games hockey stage for a long time.South Korea may have made an impact since the 1980s but the game's fortunes at the Asiad have revolved largely around the subcontinental giants.Pakistan have a big edge over India in terms of wins and goals but India have had their moments too. TOI captures the top five matches the two teams have figured in at the Asian Games....

1958 Pakistan: gold, India: silver

1962 Pakistan: gold, India: silver


After settling for silver in 1958 and 1962, India were on a high in Tokyo 1966, having won the Olympic gold defeating Pakistan in the same city two years earlier. Led by goalkeeper Shankar Laxman, the team began shakily in the final, especially after dashing right winger Balbir Singh was injured and had to be stretchered off. A defensive India held on until the second half of extra time with 10 men -there were no substitutions then -before Balbir was persuaded to take the field . He scored the match-winner with three minutes remaining.


It was a typical IndiaPakistan final yet again in 1974 which Pakistan won 2-0 but the league match is remembered more for the way the Indians fought back in the second half to troop out with their honour intact. Goalkeeper Leslie Fernandes spared India's blushes initially, saving Akhtar Rasool's penalty stroke as well as a few attempts at the goal. But Rasool was not to be denied. He gave Pakistan the lead.India struck in the second when Ashok Kumar's fetched them a stroke which Ajit Pal Singh converted in the 52nd minute.


The match that India would love to forget is also remembered for the world-class forwardline that Pakistan had.Spearheaded by Kalimullah and Hanif Khan, they dismantled India with three goals in the first half and four in the second. An injured Rajinder Singh in the defence did not help matters, leaving goalkeeper Mir Ranjan Negi to weather the assault. While it irreparably damaged the reputation of the Indian hockey team, it only reinforced Pakistan's supremacy in the early 80s.


It was a battle of India's frontline and Pakistan's prolific drag-flicker Sohail Abbas. A stirring match that is remembered as much for mercurial striker Dhanraj Pillay's flair and Gagan Ajit Singh's mercurial ways.Dhanraj put India ahead 2-0 before Sohail nullified the lead with his missiles. Baljit Dhillon gave India the lead again but Shabbir Hussain restored parity. In a stirring battle towards the end, Gagan fetched India the winner with 69 seconds to go, scoring off a superb pass from Dhanraj Pillay.


It was a year when India had a sterling record against Pakistan, right from the time they beat them at the New Delhi World Cup. Jose Brasa's famous passback technique and the elaborate build-up during attack frustrated Pakistan no end.Sandeep Singh was at his fluent best fetching two goals while Dharamvir scored the other. Pakistan's Shakeel Abbasi and Rehan Butt were on target but the Indian defence held on.But Pakistan went on to win the gold and India secured bronze is a different story altogether.

Asian Champions: India beats Pakistan 11th consecutive time

India continue dominance over Pak, October 22, 2018: The Times of India

India made a stupendous comeback after being a goal down as they beat Pakistan 3-1 in the 5th Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament to stretch their unbeaten streak against arch-rivals to 11 games. Captain Manpreet Singh (24th), forward Mandeep Singh (31st) and Dilpreet Singh (42nd) scored for the winners with Indian captain’s impressive performance earning him ‘Man of the Match’ award.

India dominated the proceedings despite Muhammad Irfan Jr’s first minute strike that had put Pakistan ahead.

Ranked fifth in the world, India went into the match with a 10-match unbeaten streak against Pakistan but it was the world No. 13 side, who started in good rhythm. It was a quick start for the Pakistanis as they won a penalty corner in the first minute and managed to score through Irfan Jr, who was the quickest to react after Indian custodian PR Sreejesh had made a save off the PC execution.

The goal came as a setback for the Indian team but they did manage to regain control in the next few minutes, keeping possession and trying to make inroads in the Pakistani defence through darting runs down the flanks.

It was a tactic that worked as they earned a couple of penalty corners. But the Pakistani defence held on in the opening quarter to take their one-goal advantage into the two-minute break.

India tried to look for the equaliser in the second quarter but struggled inside striking circle. But it was a moment of magic from skipper Manpreet, which saw India finally get their equaliser as the midfielder showcased individual brilliance to score in the 24th minute.

Manpreet won possession just inside Pakistan’s half, making a marauding run into the striking circle and weaving past three defenders in the process to finish the move all by himself as he stroked the ball into the far-post to revive India’s spirits.

Both the teams had a couple of chances in the closing stages of the second period, but neither could manage to convert.

Azlan Shah

2016: India beat Pakistan 5-1

The Times of India, Apr 13 2016

Fire 5 To Record Biggest Win in 6 Years Over Neighbours

A dominant India registered their biggest victory over arch-rivals Pakistan since 2010 when they coasted to a 5-1 win in a round-robin league match of the 25th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. This was India's biggest win since their 7-4 triumph against Pakistan in the 2010 Commonwealth Games at New Delhi.

Playing their best game of the urnament, Manpreet Singh tournament, Manpreet Singh opened the scoring for India in the fourth minute but Pakistan equalised in the seventh through captain Muhammad Irfan. But thereafter it was all India as the Sardar Singh-led side controlled the proceedings with SV Sunil scoring two opportunistic field goals in the 10th and 41st minutes.

Talwinder Singh then capitalised on a rebound to score India's fourth goal in the 50th minute before Rupinder Pal Singh converted a penalty corner in the 54th minute. India's victory would have been bigger had Rupinder converted a penalty stroke in the 55th minute and an deflection into the net by Ramandeep Singh in the 69th was not disallowed after the umpire initially blew for a goal.

The victory took India to the second spot in the round-robin league standings with nine points from four outings. The table is being led by world champions Australia on 12 points from four straight wins. Australia took one step into the final when they prevailed 1-0 over Oceania rivals and defending champions New Zealand, who now have eight points from five matches.

The all-important goals for Australia was scored by captain Jamie Dwyer, who capitalised on a rebound to shoot into the open goal with the goalkeeper at his mercy . Later in the day , in an exhibition of the sub-continental style of hockey , India lifted their game by leaps and bounds to dominate the match, forcing Pakistan to crowd their territory in the second half to deny Sardar's men more goals.

See also

Hockey: India

Hockey: India vs. Pakistan

Women's hockey: India

Hockey (Junior Men): India

Hockey in Jharkhand

The Olympics: India (1900-2016)

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