Asian Games: India thrash Hong Kong 26-0 for biggest hockey win
The Indian men’s hockey team continued with its unbeaten streak at the Asian Games 2018 by beating Hong Kong 26-0 to record their biggest victory in an international hockey competition in their second Pool B match on Wednesday.
Rupinder Pal Singh (3rd, 5th, 30th, 45th, and 59th) with five goals was India’s top-scorer, while Harmanpreet Singh (29th, 52nd, 53rd, and 54th) and Akashdeep Singh (2nd, 32nd, and 35th) netted four and three goals respectively. Among the other goal scorers, Lalit Upadhyay (17th, 19th) Varun Kumar (23rd, 30th) and Manpreet Singh (3rd, 17th) chipped with two goals each, while Sunil SV (7th), Surender Kumar 55th), Vivek Sagar Prasad (14th), Amit Rohidas (27th), Chinglensana Kangujam (51st), Mandeep Singh (21st), Simranjeet Singh (53rd) and Dilpreet Singh (48th) scored the rest of the goals.
World No.5 India was utterly dominant against the 45 ranked Hong Kong, improving on its 86-year-old record when they pummeled USA 24-1 at the 1932 Olympics.
The record for the biggest hockey international victory currently stands with New Zealand, who crashed Samoa 36-1 in 1994.
Facing a weak opponent, India were four goals ahead within the first five minutes and were 14-0 up in the first half-hour period.
Such was India’s dominance that they played the final seven minutes of the match without a goalkeeper.
The victory was India’s second in the competition after the 17-0 thrash of Indonesia in their first Pool A match. The win over the hosts was also India’s biggest win at the Asian Games after the 12-0 victory over Bangladesh in 1982.
After finishing as Runners-up in the recently concluded Hickey Champions Trophy, team India is the favourites to defend their Asiad title, which they had won last year.
India will take on Japan on Friday.