On Tuesday at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium, patriotic fervour reached a crescendo with Chak De India ! blaring from the speakers and the Tricolour to be seen virtually in all corners.Had it not been for police restrictions, you could have even expected bhangra inside the venue as fans got rewarded for the long wait to enter the venue.Yet if one song could actually have described the evening’s thrilling action where India fought like wounded lions after being down 1- 3 for most part, it should have been Singh is King .For those who have been in touch with Indian hockey despite the highs and lows in the past four years, Sardara Singh is a well- known name. Consistent and calm, he typifies excellence on the field. But it was two other Singhs – Sarvanjit and Dharamvir – who turned this into a memorable evening.Agreed hockey is a team sport and individual brilliance on a synthetic pitch doesn’t really count.It is well known that in a match such as this, where the crowd support is raucous, even tiring legs find the energy to keep running the perimeters of the field.And that is what India did today against an English side which started clicking just when the half- time whistle was to blow. For most part in the second half, England looked marauding and it seemed all over.But the way India regrouped and struck was fascinating. The three Singhs named above, a tight defence and goalkeeper Bharat Chetri defined the Indian resilience.advertisementIt was as if they were responding to the crowd’s roars of wanting solid action – thick and fast.Time and again, the Indians have choked in tight matches.History was against India, having never made it to a Commonwealth Games final ever before.In a pressure cooker situation, the ability to still keep playing and maintain the flow on the field came as a whiff of fresh air despite the humidity.In the stands, former hockey greats were applauding each effort, from Balbir Singh to Harcharan Singh, not to forget Zafar Iqbal and Ajitpal Singh.Among the VIPs, sports minister MS Gill was happy, even as BJP’s Kirti Azad and Vijay Kumar Malhotra soaked in the atmosphere.A 3- 3 draw at full time and with extra time not resulting in a goal, the penalty shootout was all about nerves.On Tuesday we saw a new Indian team, one which surpassed itself against an English side which couldn’t handle the pressure.Chak De, Chak De India . No, this was a Singh is King affair.