Hockey is often claimed as the National Game of India. It is widely considered that hockey was introduced in India by British. But there are not many theories to support it. But the game was widely played throughout the country. The first hockey club in India was set up in Calcutta in 1885-86 and later more clubs were established in Bombay and Punjab. Indian national field hockey team was the first non-European team to be a part of the International Hockey Federation.
Indian Hockey was the strongest team in the world after it won the first Olympic gold medal. It maintained the top position in 1960, after winning six gold medals in a row. The team had a 30-0 winning streak during this time, from their first game until losing in the 1960 gold medal final. India also won the 1975 World Cup. India is the most successful team ever in the Olympics, having won eight gold, one silver and two bronze medals till date.
After their gold medal win at the 1980 Olympics, the Indian Hockey team's performance began to decline. In 2016, the Indian men's team won its first ever silver medal in the Champions Trophy and reached the knockout stage of the Olympics for the first time in 40 years. As of 2018, the Indian team is ranked fifth in the world. With sponsorship falling down, the Government of Odisha for the first time sponsored the Indian national field hockey team, both men and women team. In a first-of-its-kind association, the state has decided to support the India's field hockey team for next five years.
Hockey Indian Men team Captain: Manpreet Singh is the captain of the Indian hockey team. He will be leading the team for the upcoming World Cup in Bhubaneshwar (Odissa). Chinglensana Singh Kangujam has been appointed vice-captain while the squad also features PR Sreejesh and Krishan Bahadur Pathak as goalkeepers.He joined Hockey Team and played for India in 2011 at the age of 19. He represented India at the 2012 Summer Olympics and was named Asia's Junior Player of the Year in 2014.He was named in the Indian squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Hockey Indian Women team Captain: Rani Rampal has been named as the captain of India Women team. She will be leading the 18-member squad for the prestigious 2018 women’s hockey World Cup tournaments. India’s defence will consist of Sunita Lakra, Deep Grace Ekka, Deepika, drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur and Reena Khokhar. In the midfield, Namita Toppo, Lilima Minz, Monika, Neha Goyal, Navjot Gaur.
Hockey Men Team (Probables): Maninderjeet Singh, Sukhjeet Singh, Mohammed Raheel Mouseen, Rajkumar Pal, Abharan Sudev Belimagga, Jagdeep Dayal, Dilpreet Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Amit Gowda, Mohd Umar, Dharminder Singh, Pradeep Singh, Hardik Singh, Gurjant Singh, Krishan B Pathak, Suraj Karkera, Sumit Kumar, Simranjeet Singh, Manpreet, Nilakanta Sharma, Varun Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Anand Lakra, Vikas Dahiya, Gurinder Singh, Gagandeep Singh, Sumit, Dipsan Tirkey, Armaan Qureshi, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Ramandeep Singh, Gurjinder Singh, Amit Rohidas, Jarmanpreet Singh, Amon Mirash Tirkey, Surender Kumar, Mandeep Singh, Birendra Lakra, Akashdeep Singh, Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran, Chinglensana Singh, Kangujam, Sunil Sowmarpet Vitalacharya, Khadangbam Kothajit Singh.
Hockey Women Team (Probables) : Birajani Ekka, Leelavathy Mallamada Jaya, Siddhi Singh, Lalremsiami, Anjali HR, Matri Ramwala, Nisha, Kruthika S.P, Kanika Raj, Chanchal, Nilanjali Rai, Rajwinder Kaur, Puja Yadav, Suman Devi Thoudam, Neelu Dadiya, Manmeet Kaur, Swati, Udita, Mahima Chaudhry, Shyama Tirgam, Jyoti, Sonika, Preeti Dubey, Anuja Singh, Rashmita Minz, Karishma Yadav, Manpreet Kaur, Reena Khokhar, Gurjit Kaur, Sunita Lakra, Nikki Pradhan, Priyanka Wankhede, Sonal Minz, Rajani Etimarpu, Deepika, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Vandana Katariya, Rani, Savita, Soundarya Yendala, Navneet Kaur, Lilima Minz, Navjot Kaur (Sr.), Neha Goyal, Anupa Barla, Deep Grace Ekka, Namita Toppo, Monika.
Harendra Singh is the current head coach of Indian Hockey Men's team. He is a Dronacharya Awardee, has been appointed as High Performance Specialist Coach for Indian Senior Women Hockey Team. He was appointed on the basis of his past performance. It should be noted that his coaching, the junior men team won the Junior Men's World Cup in 2016 (Lucknow). He was also the Chief Coach of the Senior Men Hockey team from 2008 to 2009 and National coach from 2009 to 2010. He is a Level III certified Coach.
Mohammad Mushtaque Ahmad is the President of Hockey India. He was elected as the President of Hockey India following the 8th Hockey India Congress and Elections. Ahmad who formerly held the Secretary-General post will now take over from outgoing President Rajinder Singh. Other members of the board include, Mr. Gyanendro Ningombam (Sr. Vice President), Mr. Rajinder Singh (Secretary General), Mr. Tapan Kumar Das (Treasurer), Ms. Asima Ali (Vice President), Mr. Bhola Nath Singh (Vice President), Ms. Asunta Lakra (Joint Secretary), Mr. Firoz Ansari (Joint Secretary).
Unlike cricket or football, there are not many movies based on hockey in India. But there are good quality of movies, which have praised the glory of the game. Here are some of the most important movies based on hockey in India.
Chak De India (2007): It was a hockey film directed by Shimit Amin and produced by Aditya Chopra. The screenplay was written by Jaideep Sahni, sports scenes choreographed by Rob Miller. With Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Malvade, Sagarika Ghatge, the movie was a based on a fictional story about the Indian women's national field-hockey team, which was inspired by the team's win at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Harjeeta (2018): Harjeeta is a hockey based Punjabi film directed by Vijay Kumar Arora. It was inspired from true stories, starring Ammy Virk and Pankaj Tripathi. It is a story about a poor boy raised in a dysfunctional home who dreams of winning the World Cup in field hockey.
Gold: The Dream That United Our Nation (2018): It is an Indian historical sports-drama film directed by Reema Kagti. It is based upon the national hockey team's title at the 1948 Summer Olympics, starring Akshay Kumar, Mouni Roy. It is produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar under the Excel Entertainment banner. The movie became the first Bollywood film ever to release in Saudi Arabia.
Soorma (2018):It is an Indian biographical sports drama film based on the life of hockey player Sandeep Singh. It is directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Sony Pictures Networks India and C.S. Films. The movie stars Diljit Dosanjh and Tapsee Pannu in lead roles. The movie plot deals with hockey player Sandeep Singh, played by Diljit Dosanjh, who was paralyzed and used a wheelchair for two years after an accidental gunshot injured him in 2006.
|Jan 07 - Jan 20||9th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2019 (B Div)||Chennai, Tamil Nadu|
|Jan 10 - Jan 23||9th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2019 (B Div)||Jabalpur, Madhya pradesh|
|Jan 12 - Jan 24||1st Khelo India University Games||New Delhi|
|Jan 16 - Jan 25||53rd All India Bombay Gold Cup Hockey Tournament||Mumbai|
|Jan 23 - Feb 01||9th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2019 (B Div)||Kollam, Kerala|
|Jan 23 - Jan 30||All India Padma Shri Mohd. Shahid Invitational Prize Money Hockey Tournament||Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh|
|Jan 31 - Feb 10||9th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2019 (A Div)||Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh|
|Jan 31 - Feb 10||9th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2019 (A Div)||Kollam, Kerala|
|Feb 01 - Feb 10||9th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2019 (B Div)||Hisar, Haryana|
|Feb 07 - Feb 16||12th All India Maharaja Ranjit Singh Hockey Tournament||New Delhi|
|Feb 08 - Feb 17||9th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2019 (A Div)||Hisar, Haryana|
|Feb 20 - Feb 24||All India Guru Nanak Dev Gold Cup Hockey Tournament||Amritsar, Punjab|
|Mar 30 - Apr 14||36th National Games||Goa|
|Apr 02 - Apr 11||9th Hockey India Sub Junior Women National Championship 2019 (A Div)||Kokrajhar, Assam|
Indian Hockey Committee organised some tournaments in india.
All India MCC Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey Tournament, Chennai[T.N]
All India Gurmeet Memorial Hockey Tournament, Chandigarh[Punjab]
IndianOil Surjit Hockey Tournament, Jalandhar[Punjab]
All India Chhatrapati Shivaji Hockey Tournament, Delhi
All India Aagha Khan Hockey Tournament, Mumbai[Maharashtra]
All India Bombay Gold Cup Hockey Tournament, Mumbai[Maharashtra]
All India Obaidullah Khan Gold Cup Hockey Tournament, Bhopal[M.P.]
All India Jawaharlal Nehru Hockey Tournament, Delhi
All India Lal Bahadur Shastri Hockey Tournament, Delhi
All India Sanjay Hockey Tournament, Delhi
All India K D singh Babu Memorial Invitational Prize Money Hockey Tournament, Lucknow[U.P.]
All India Ramesh Chander Memorial Hockey Tournament, Jalandhar[Punjab]
All India Liberals Hockey Tournament, Nabha
All India Shri Shadilal Rajendra Lal Memorial Hockey Tournament, Shamli[U.P.]
All India Indira Gold Cup Hockey Tournament, Jammu[J & K]
All India Beighton Cup Hockey Tournament, Kolkata[W.B]
All India G.P.Kuppuswami Naidu Hockey Tournament, Kovilpatti[T.N.]
Senior National Hockey Tournament
Junior National Hockey Tournament
Sub-junior National Hockey Tournament
Amarjeet Singh Bola Memorial Hockey Tournament Chakdana,Nawanshahr,Punjab
Bundel Khand All India Hockey Tournament, Charkhari Mahoba (U.P.)
Republic All India Hockey Tournament, Katni, M.P.
All India Hockey Tournament,Damoh,M.P.
All India Hockey Tournament,Indore,M.P.
All India Hockey Tournament,Mhow,M.P.
All India Hockey Tournament,Ujjain,M.P.
All India Hockey Tournament,Tikamgarh,M.P.
All India Hockey Tournament,Ratlam,M.P.
All India Hockey Tournament,Khargon,M.P.
All India Hockey Tournament,Hoshangabad,M.P.
All India Hockey Tournament,Balaghat,M.P.
Bhagat Singh All India Hockey Tournament,Gwalior,M.P.
Kodava Hockey Festival
Dr. B.R.Ambedkar All India Hockey Tournament(under-16 Boys),Nagpur
Mahanth Raja Sarweshwer Das memoriol All India Hockey Tournament,Rajnandgaon,C.G.