Playing their first tournament as junior world champions, Indian hockey colts thrashed United States 22-0 to register their third consecutive win at the seventh Sultan of Johor Cup on Wednesday in Johor Bahru.
In a match that was a one-sided affair, the 22 goals for India were scored by 10 different goal-scorers as the team climbed to the top of the points table with 9 points from their three matches.
For India four players – Vishal Antil, Dilpreet Singh, Harmanjit Singh and Abhishek – scored a hat-trick each. While Harmanjit top-scored for India with five goals, Abhishek followed with four goals while Vishal and Dipreet each sounded the board thrice. Maninder Singh struck twice and Pratap Lakra, Rabichandra Moirangthem, Raushan Kumar, Shilanand Lakra and Vivek Prasad scored a goal each.
The goal-fest for India began in the 2nd minute and was followed by two more goals in the same minute. The inexperience of USA meant that India dominated the proceedings throughout the match as they scored four goals inside the first quarter.
In the second quarter, four more goals were scored by the Indian team as they utilised the opportunity to give game-time to all the 18 squad members. India went into half-time leading 8-0.
India turned on the heat in the third quarter as they scored nine goals in 15 minutes which saw the crowd at the stadium get entertained with some sublime finishing by the Indian team. The fourth quarter saw a similar story as the Indian team scored 5 more goals, continuing with their attacking flair to win the game.
The India-USA fixture in hockey is one of the most lopsided matchups, even in senior tournaments. Today’s result was reminiscent of senior team’s 24-1 thrashing in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. in 1956 Games, India humbled USA 16-0.
Americans had conceded a total of 30 goals in their first two games. Australia thrashed USA 19-0, Great Britain won 11- 0.Now they have conceded a whopping 52 goals without scoring one.
India began their campaign with a 3-2 win vs Japan and then defeated hosts Malaysia 2-1 on Tuesday. They next face Australia on Thursday and will meet Great Britain in their final league match on Saturday.
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