Tokyo: In hockey, we often talk about superb individual goals by Major Dhyan Chand or Dhanraj Pillai, but this generation has witnessed one of the best individual goals scored in the Tokyo 2020 quarter-final between India and Great Britain. It is by the Indian mid-fielder, Hardik Singh. The 22-year old boy from Jalandhar sealed the match in the dying moments of the game for India.
With two men on cards, India was looking vulnerable to hold the 2-0 lead. As expected, Great Britain scored due to a lapse in the defence. At 2-1, Great Britain was on the offensive, but on the brink of the 57th minute, Hardik Singh got hold of the ball. He decided to counter-attack as the majority of the British players were in the attacking positions.
Hardik ran all the way through the mid-field on the counter and went for a solo goal. After failing to score on the first hit, Hardik made sure he scored on the rebound. It was a fantastic individual goal by the young man.
Take a look at this brilliant goal:
Great win by India 3-1 against GBR, what a great third goal by Hardik Singh. All the best for team India for the semis pic.twitter.com/VTwBqPZ4LU
— Dinanath Kholkar (@dinakholkar) August 1, 2021
India won the semi-final 3-1 courtesy of a brilliant individual goal by Hardik Singh, late in the match and two early goals by Gurjant and Dilpreet. All three players who scored the goals were from Punjab, thus, Punjab’s CM, Captain Amrinder Singh made a special mention in a tweet to the three players from the northern state.
Take a look at his tweet:
Stellar performance by the Indian Men’s Hockey team at #TokyoOlympics to beat Great Britain by 3-1 & entering Olympic top 4 after 41 years. Happy to note that all 3 goals were scored by Punjab players Dilpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh & Hardik Singh. Congratulations…go for Gold! 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/MgQiLFOf8K
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) August 1, 2021
Even Harsha Bhogale was stunned by the goal, take a look at his tweet:
That goal by Hardik Singh 👏🏼👏🏼. Watch it as often as you want https://t.co/LKxO2wYe02
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 1, 2021
India’s prospects look good as they face Belgium in the semi-final of the Tokyo Olympics 2020.