While we have a surfeit of hockey Olympic golds, this remains our only World Cup win till the present day. We clawed our way throughout the tournament and scraped past Malaysia 3- 2 in the semis and 2-1 with Pakistan in the finals.
Coincidentally, Ashok Kumar hit the winning goal and he happened to be the son of the legendary Dhyan Chand. But in a way, it could be called the end of an era from 1932-79 when we relinquished our title. The 1980 gold came amidst a boycott and severely depleted field.