This has been the talk of Newspapers for the last 2 days and everybody is baying for the blood of KPS Gill. Ya my friend I am talking about the so called “Death” of Indian Hockey in Santiago. Indian team for the first time failed to qualify for the Olympics. The land of Dhyanchand, the person who made Don Bradman wonder if it was the number of goals scored or the number of runs(Mind you he scored 200 goals on a tour), is suffering this embarrassment of not playing in the premier competition of the World hockey. Major Dhyanchand must be turning in his grave at the state of Hockey in India.
I am not an expert to comment on the situation, I don’t have much knowledge of Hockey and the state of game in India, I am a complete cricket buff but things like this must be paining for every Indian. I used to watch Hockey and still remember those few India-Pakistan encounters a few years back.
I was shocked to read that Mr. K. P. S. Gill has been at the helm of Indian Hockey for more than 10 years and still he hasn’t been shown the door after so many blames against him. The game of Cricket is always blamed for the debacle of Hockey but isn’t this the job of Hockey top brass to see to it that Hockey also gets limelight. Hockey team does get the limelight when it performs. I remember the winning team of 1998 Asian Games was given a Hero’s Welcome but it all is lost coz it is very rare that an Indian Hockey Team does perform even satisfactory leave aside exceptional performance. How long can you be attached to a sport where all you see is humiliation and more of it. The cricket team atleast provides some moments of joy and ofcourse there you have “Sachin Tendulkar” the biggest ambassador of the game. Come hockey and its hard to find any player except Major Dhyanchand whom everybody knows. The last captain of India whom I think many people might know must be Dhanraj Pillay after him the icons have just died down it seems. Somebody comes and shines for sometimes and then he fades into oblivion.
What ever little I have followed Hockey it has never made any sense, the administration does whatever it wants without any backlash against them, they are just the masters of Hockey with no one to see to what they are doing. I remember that after the 1998 Asian Games win 6 of the members of the winning team were shown the door for reasons unknown and undisclosed. Now if you do something like this, whats the effect going to be on the performance and support of the game. The result is here to see. Articles in Times Of India today are very good in this respect they tell you that Indian Team wasn’t even provided Astro Turfs in 1976 for practice and even today the condition is that small countries like Holland have about 3 times the Astro turfs then what India has.
I dunno what is gonna happen to Indian Hockey. I just hope that there is no way down from here and it should go only higher and higher.. Hope for the best
Song of The Day – Chupke Se from Saathiya
PS1:- Got screwed up by my advisor today and BTP presentation is in 2 days… What the hell
PS2:- That’s it.. No more PSes today…
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