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India’s Olympic hockey gold in 1948
August 12, 1948: The triumph of the Indian hockey staff, led by Kishan Lal and with stalwarts corresponding to Balbir Singh Sr., Randhir Singh Mild and Leslie Claudius, in London in 1948 was a defining second for the newly unbiased nation.
India received gold and retained the world title with a convincing 4-0 win over Nice Britain within the ultimate after it had emerged unscathed from the group stage with convincing wins over Austria, Argentina and Spain. India beat the Netherlands 2-1 within the semifinals.
Balbir Singh Sr. tries to attain from a detailed vary, which was brilliantly foiled by Britain’s Brodie whose goalkeeping heroics decreased the margin of victory for the Indians. – THE HINDU ARCHIVES
Regardless of the heavy muddy turf and light-weight rain, which fell for a substantial time in the course of the sport, the Indians outclassed the British staff with the excellent ball-control, correct passing and clever positional play.
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Nice Britain put up stern opposition nevertheless it couldn’t address the lightning thrusts by the Indians. Lengthy earlier than half-time, it was evident that India ought to win comfortably. If England had had every other goal-keeper however Brodie, India might need doubled its rating. He made save after save and turned India again from what appeared to make certain scores.
India had come by way of to the finals after an excellent run within the preliminaries and the ultimate goal-aggregate of 25 for India and a couple of towards them was among the finest ever achieved in Olympic hockey.
(Excerpts from an article first printed in The Hindu on August 13, 1948)