Pakistan vs India Hockey Rivalry

Be it cricket or any other sport, India vs Pakistan is the mother of all games. There is no sports event or match in the world quite like an India Pakistan encounter. When it comes to Hockey, it was once the national sport of both nations. India and Pakistan have faced each other on numerous occasions in hockey, and their rivalry is decades old. From the pre partition period, up till now, both India and Pakistan have participated regularly in Asian Games, Hockey Champions Trophy, Hockey Asia Cup,Commonwealth Games, Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and Summer Olympic Games.

The first ever hockey match between the two nations ended in a 1-0 victory for the Indians. The match was the final of the Melbourne Olympics in held 1956, and the Indians won gold.

The most recent meeting between the two took place in the 2014 Hockey Champions Trophy, in which the men in green emerged victorious 4-3 in dramatic fashion. The match involved a lot of controversy as a result of the crowd being hostile towards the Pakistani players throughout the match and the tournament as a whole. The Pakistani players vent out their anger and frustration at the Indian fans with some abusive gestures, which were penalized by the Hockey Federation.

Asian Games Finals

The two giants of world hocket hold a record of facing each other In the first six Asian games hockey finals, becoming the pair to have gone head to head most no. of times in the Asian finale.

Olympics Hockey Finals

The total number of finals in all major competitions played between India and Pakistan is 7, out of which Pakistan has won six and India has won just one. Both nations also hold an amazing record of facing each other in there Hockey Olympics Finals from 1956 to 1964. India hold the upper hand in the Olympic finals head to heads with 2 goal medals compared to 1 of Pakistan.

Asia Cup

India and Pakistan have faced each other in four Asia Cup finals. The Pakistanis triumphed thrice while the Indians managed to win one. Pakistan were considered the giants of World Hockey, and were certainly the kinds of Asian Hockey, when they won a hattrick of Asia Cup Hockey finals in 1982, 1985 and 1989.

Both, Pakistan and India also take part in the Sultan Azlan Shah hockey which is held annually in Malaysia. The Asian Hockey Champions trophy is another tournament of great significance, and India beat Pakistan in the first ever final of that tournament by 4-2 in penalty strokes.

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