Friday, August 31, 2012By Sundeep Misra on

 

In a not so surprising statement, former Indian captain, Dhanraj Pillay has said India doesn’t require any foreign coach or trainer. Adding to that he said the International Hockey Federation (FIH) should stop meddling in Indian hockey.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012By Sundeep Misra on
Yet another Olympics is over. As the dust finally settles, the rubble of the Indian hockey campaign is slowly coming into vision.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012By Sundeep Misra on
It was a story of missed chances, below par play and a defeatist mindset trying to get positive under the most adverse of circumstances. One literally felt sorry for the boys. After the 2-3 loss to South Africa which plunged the Indian team to an all-time low at the Olympics, 12th spot, Indian captain Bharat Chettri admitted: “We are not good enough for the Olympics.”

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Thursday, August 09, 2012By Sundeep Misra on
The two requirements for cleaning hockey are – honesty and transparency. Somewhere in this whole set-up, the Indian hockey team, and I am counting the players, coaches and the federation, someone is not being truthful.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2012By Sundeep Misra on
Lin Dan after winning the men’s badminton title said, “If five golds go to China, it only demonstrates one thing, the Chinese team made their best personal efforts,” he said. “As players we all have responsibility to achieve the best results and defeat our rivals. We don’t need to consider anything else.”
It’s a philosophy that the Indian hockey would do good to consider.

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Sunday, August 05, 2012By Sundeep Misra on
After being thrashed 4-1 by Korea with two goals coming in the last couple of minutes, India are well on course to their worst ever finish in an Olympic Games. At this stage in Pool B, they have lost four consecutive matches.

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Friday, August 03, 2012By Sundeep Misra on
Even though there were no miracles expected against Olympic Champions Germany, the big disappointment was not the score-line, it was the way the Indians refused to fight every inch of the way.

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Friday, August 03, 2012By Sundeep Misra on
Take a look at these stats.
Germany had 32 circle penetrations with five goals. India had 27 with two goals; that’s five penetrations less.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2012By Sundeep Misra on
After 70 minutes of hockey against New Zealand, there is only one story that can be written – India is determined to only play the second half of every match.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012By Sundeep Misra on
There was no doubt about Holland’s prowess and experience on the field. But still one came off thinking that India could have pulled off a draw and secure a point in the opening Olympic match here in London. Honestly, the 2-3 score line is a dampener.

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