JAKARTA, August 22: Indian men’s hockey team on Wednesday recorded its biggest ever win in international hockey by annihilating Hong Kong China 26-0 in a Pool B match of the Asian Games here.
The huge gulf between the two sides was evident as India improved their 86-year-old record when they defeated USA with a 24-1 margin in 1932 Olympics.
The record for biggest win in international hockey remains with New Zealand, who beat Samoa 36-1 in 1994.
Such was India’s dominance that with seven minutes to go, they took the goalkeeper off the field.
It was always expected to be a lop-sided affair between world no. 5 India and world no. 45 Hong Kong China.
Rupinderpal Singh (3rd, 5th, 30th, 45th, 59th minutes), Harmanpreet Singh (29th, 52nd, 53rd, 54th) and Akashdeep Singh (2nd,
32nd, 35th) scored a hattrick each, while Manpreet Singh (3rd, 17th), Lalit Upadhayay (17th, 19th), Varun Kumar (23rd, 30th), SV Sunil (7th), Vivek Sagar Prasad (14th), Mandeep Sinhgh (21st), Amit Rohidas (27th), Dilpreet Singh (48th), Chinglensana Singh (51st), Simranjeet Singh (53rd) and Surender Kumar (55th) were the other goal getters for India. (PTI)