This was the golden age for the Indian hockey team, or do we stay the beginning of the golden age for the Indian hockey team. Hockey was just making its third Olympic appearance and there were 9 countries participating in the event held at the Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam.
India placed in group A, romped through the preliminary stages against Austria, Belgium, Denmark, and Switzerland as they scored 26 goals themselves in just four league games. In the finals against hosts Netherlands, Major Dhyan Singh scored two of his 14 goals overall, as India won the Olympic gold in the most comprehensive manner – without conceding a single goal.
This was the beginning of six straight Olympic Golds that India won – a kind of dominance never seen before or since in the field hockey event at the Olympics. The team of the 1928 was inspired by the peerless Dhyan Chand, who’s mastery left the opposition gob smacked.
In addition to Dhyan Chand, the 1928 gold medal winning team was riddled with some of the finest hockey players to have ever pulled on the Indian jersey. George Marthins was a major contributor to the goal scoring spree of the team, while Feroz Khan, Ali Shukhat, Jaipal Singh, Leslie Hammond also played stellar roles.