Again in 2010, it was the final of hockey in mega-sporting event at the same venue where it happened in 1982 Asian Games. This time it was Kookaburras, while 1982 it was arch-rivals neighbor Pakistan, India lost to both of them to settle for Silver Medals.
A comparison between these tournament finals where India was at receiving ends:
|Commonwealth Games 2010Venue: Major Dhyanchand National Stadium , DelhiIndia Vs Australia (Current World Champions)
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was present in spectators to cheer home team
India got thrashed 8-0
This time, we are not blaming anybody as we trying to rise from lowest position where we did not perform well in recent world cup 2010, but could put a good show to reach final of CWG.
Squad: Rajpal Singh (C), Sardar Singh, Sandeep Singh, Dhananjay Mahadik, Gurbaj Singh, Prabodh Tirkey, Arjun Halappa, Vikram Vishnu Pillay, Ravi Pal, Bharat Chhikara, Danish Mujtaba, Sarvanjit Singh, Tushar Khandker, Shivendra Singh, Dharamvir Singh and Bharat Kumar Chetri (GK)
| Asian Games 1982Venue: Major Dhyanchand National Stadium , DelhiIndia Vs Pakistan (Then World Champions)
Then Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi was present in spectators to cheer home team
India got thrashed 7-1
Whole country blamed this debacle on India Goalie Mir Ranjan Negi, now he is pride of nation and inspiration for Bollywood Superhit Movie “Chak De India”
Squad: Zafar Iqbal (C), Mir Ranjan Negi (GK), Romeo James, Vineet Kumar, Manohar Topno, Rajinder Singh Sr., Gurmail Singh, Sommayya Maneypande, Rajinder Singh Jr., Charanjeet Kumar, Merwyn Fernandes, Jagdeep Singh, Mohammed Shaheed, Joaquim Carvalho, Syed Ali, Marcellus Gomes
Now, the Asian Games are round the corner (starting from 12th November) so, India will be targeting to win it to secure a place in 2012 London Olympics. The performance at CWG 2010, has shown a ray of hope for improvement in Indian Hockey. Indian performed good to reach semis, after a difficult win against Malaysia, loosing to Aussies and then beating Scots and Pakistan easily. The team showed that they can beat the best in the world by beating Champions Trophy Silver Medalist and European Champions England in semis to reach Final.