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Indian Hockey Players
Indian Hockey Players are popular throughout the world for their brilliant and consistent performance. Indian Hockey team is one of world’s prominent hockey squads.
 
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 Indian Hockey PlayersIndian hockey players have carved a niche in the world of Hockey with their out standing and steady performances. They have made a mark in the international arena with consistently remarkable performances. India has produced numerous highly talented and legendary hockey players so far. These players have contributed the most to make India one of the most prominent nations in world hockey. Their greatest victories came very early on, during Indian Hockey`s golden age from 1928 to 1956, when the Indian team won the Olympic Gold for six consecutive times.

Recent Indian Hockey players, despite a daunting tradition have still held their own and performed with distinction in several international tournaments. Hockey in India has quite an old history. Hockey started to be played in India during the second half of the 19th century. The game became popular in India during the British period, and the British army regiments used the play the game regularly. After getting enough knowledge about the game, the Indian hockey players started to show their talents in the international arena. India played hockey for the first time, in the 1928 Olympic Games held in Amsterdam.

Indian Hockey Players in Olympics
India dominated the world of hockey for quite a long period from 1928 to 1956 and the period is considered as the golden era of hockey in India. Indian players successfully won six consecutive Gold medals in the Olympic Games during this period. During the period, India played 24 Olympic matches and won all of them. Indian hockey players scored a huge 178 goals in those matches and conceded only seven goals. India continued its glorious run in the 1960 Olympic Games also, and reached the finals, without losing a single match. That increased the total tally of India`s consecutive victory in Olympics to 28; however, it came to an end when Pakistan defeated India in the final match. Indian hockey players came back wonderfully in the year 1964 Tokyo Olympics and successfully reclaimed the Gold medal. They won the Gold medal once again in the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

Prominent Former Indian Hockey Players
Some of the renowned Indian hockey players India have ever produced are Dhanraj Pillay, Dhyan Chand, Leslie Claudius, Balbir Singh Sr, Ajit Pal Singh, Udham Singh, K. D. Singh, Mohammed Shahid, Roop Singh, Baboo Nimal, Hiranna M. Nimal, Gurbax Singh Grewal, B. P. Govinda, Ajit Pal Singh, Ashok Kumar, Aslam Sher Khan, M. P. Ganesh, Surjit Singh, Zafar Iqbal, Jude Felix, Jugraj Singh, Balbir Singh, Sr., Sabu Varkey, Prithipal Singh, Viren Rasquinha, Pargat Singh, Dilip Tirkey, Vasudevan Baskaram, Jalaluddin Rizvi and Gagan Ajit Singh. Indian hockey associations have been working relentlessly for bringing out new talented hockey players, who would represent the country in the international arena. The Indian hockey players play a large number of national as well as international tournaments throughout the year. Indian national hockey tournaments are playing a significant role for the development of hockey in India, as young players get noticed while playing in these tournaments.

The Current Indian Hockey Crew
* Sreejesh Ravindran
* Bharat Chettri
* Sardar Singh
* Sandeep Singh
* Dhananjay Mahadik
* Gurbaj Singh
* Prabodh Tirkey
* Rupinder Pal Singh
* V Raghunath
* Arjun Halappa (Captain)
* Vikram Pillay
* Bharat Chikara
* Danish Mujtaba
* Sarvanjit Singh
* Ravi Pal Singh
* Ignace Tirkey
* Rajpal Singh
* Tushar Khandekar
* Shivendra Singh
* Dharamvir Singh

(Last Updated on : 11/01/2012)
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