Sandeep Singh and Sardar Singh are Nominated for Khel Ratna 2013

Former Indian Hockey captain Sandeep Singh and current captain Sardar Singh have been nominated for the most prestigious sports award in India i.e. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. The ace drag flicker Sandeep Singh is recommended by his state “Haryana” government while his state-mate Sardar Singh is nominated by Hockey India.

Sardar Singh Captain (Haryana) during Haryana Vs Puducherry on Day 3 of Hockey India Senior National Championship 2012

File Photo: Sardar Singh Captain (Photo by: www.deepthiindukuri.com)

Hockey India has also recommended Selector and Olympian Syed Ali for the Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award 2013.

Danish Mujtaba (Captain of the Indian Men Hockey Team during the 22nd Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, Malaysia in March 2013), VR Raghunath (Current Vice-Captain of Indian Men Hockey Team), forward Tushar Khandekar and Bharat Chetri (former Indian Captain) have been recommended for the Arjuna Award 2013 in the men’s category. Continue reading →

Indian Men Hockey team arrives at Olympic Games Village

The Indian Men Hockey Team arrived at Olympic Games Village in London on Friday evening from Spain.

At the Athletes Village, the squad was welcomed by the officials of Indian contingent. The team got down to training sessions on Saturday spending an hour in the gym and two hours of practice on the blue turf at Riverbank Arena, the venue for the Olympic Games competition.

Indian Hockey Team at London Games Village

Indian Hockey Team at London Games Village (Credits: Hockey India)

The Indian Team will now train for another week before starting its Olympic campaign against the Netherlands on July 30 followed by matches against New Zealand on August 1, Germany on August 3, Korea on August 5 and Belgium on August 7.

The Indian players are excited before the start of the grand event. Captain Bharat Chetri said “It’s good to get some extra time to get used to the conditions. I am confident that we will live up to the expectations of everyone and perform well this time. We had good preparations in France and Spain which helped us to get acclimatize to the conditions. Continue reading →

India manage to defeat South Africa 6-5, after Leading 5-1

South Africa lost narrowly (6-5) to India which saw their spirited fight back in Second Half after trailing 3-1 at Half Time and 5-1 till 43rd minute of a 11-goal thriller game in their first of three unofficial Tests in Santander, Spain.

Bharat Chetri

File Photo: Bharat Chetri (Captain India)

The Team India opened accounts in the 12th minute of the game though South Africa was better in possession in the opening. South Africans were back in the game once as they started attacking in search for an equalizer. 5 Minutes after India’s goal, Indian Goalkeeper and Captain Bharat Chetri earned yellow card for himself and a penalty stroke for South Africa with hard tackle on Marvin Harper, which Lloyd Madsen converted easily to level the scores.

India’s Dharamvir Singh scored two goals in quick succession on counters after turn overs in mid-field to earn 3-1 lead for India before the lemon break. Continue reading →

Chetri to Lead India in London Olympics

Custodian Bharat Chetri will be the captain of the Indian hockey team and the live wire of team Sardar Singh will be his deputy in the London Olympics. Hockey India has announced the 18 member squad including 2 stand bys who will be staying and practicing with the team in the Olympic Village and Riverbank Arena, but can be included only in case of serious injury amongst 16 players.

Bharat Chetri

Bharat Chetri

India are in Pool B, alongwith Germany, Korea, New Zealand, Belgium and Netherlands and will open their campaign against Netherlands on 30 July.

Indian team will reach Olympic Games village in London on 19 July 2012, after finishing their final leg of preparations for Olympics with tour of France and Spain, where they will play test matches against France, Spain and South Africa and a tri-nation tournament involving Great Britain, Spain and India.

The Schedule of Olympics can be found here.

Team:
Goalkeepers: Bharat Chetri (Captain), P R Sreejesh Continue reading →

Two new additions in the 22-member Squad for Europe tour

Goalkeeper Bharat Chetri has been retained captain and Sardar Singh will continue as vice-captain of 22 member Indian hockey squad for the upcoming European tour, which will see the debut of Nitin Thimmaiah and Pradhan Somanna . During the tour, India will play test matches against France, Spain and South Africa followed by a three-nation (Great Britain, India and Spain) invitational tournament in Spain.

Gurvinder Singh Chandi

Gurvinder Singh Chandi returns after missing the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

Yuvraj Walmiki who replaced Gurvinder Singh Chandi for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, is dropped as Chandi returns. Experienced Ignace Tirkey is back in team after he was rest, while Chinglensana Singh makes the cut after missing out the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

The three-nation tournament involving Great Britain, India and hosts Spain will be played on the blue artificial turf with yellow kookaburra balls.

India will play a total of eight matches during the three week long France and Spain tour, which are expected to help the team to acclimatise to the European conditions and will be last outing before they play in Olympics at Riverbank Arena, London. Continue reading →

Change of Habits for India from Conceding to Scoring in Dying Moments?

The performance of Indian team has been improving slowly and steadily since last Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. India cherished some moments in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2011 when they defeated Great Britain, drew with last World Champions Australia, but to falter in second half of the tournament which includes Black Sticks’ biggest win against India 7-3 in league stage and finishing 6th.

Chief Coach Michael Nobbs

Chief Coach Michael Nobbs

The result of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2011 has changed a lot of things in Indian hockey (read on stick2hockey.com), including appointment of current Chief Coach Michael Nobbs. Under Nobbs, team’s performance has improved, which can be seen from the title winning performance at Asian Champions Trophy 2011 and qualifying for Olympics in style (defeated France 8-1 in final). But one area still needs improvement, i.e. India’s old problem of succumbing under the pressure in dying moments of game and conceding equalizer or losing goal, for example, the Final of Champions Challenge I in South Africa (lost to Belgium 3-4, conceded a goal in 70th minute), Semi Final of Asian Games 2010 against Malaysia (lost in extra time 3-4 after conceding equalizer in 67th minute). Similarly, India played well against Germany in Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament at Riverbank Arena, only to concede a goal in 65th minute and lost 2-1.  Continue reading →