Playing on the soft

Playing on the soft, Balbir Singh Sr. who had scored 6 goals in one match was rested and India struggled to beat Spain and Holland in the quarterfinal and semifinal respectively Back in the playing eleven against Great Britain in the finals Balbir scored a brace in India’s 4-0 triumph The hockey crown was retained at Helsinki in 1952 under KD Singh ‘Babu’ almost effortlessly The tournament was played in the knockout format for the first time India after a bye in the first round trounced Austria beat Great Britain and then trounced the Netherlands to pocket their fifth consecutive gold The Indian team of 1956 was said to be the best ever to have left India’s shores Expectedly they hammered Afghanistan USA and Singapore After Balbir Sr was forced to sit out with a finger injury Udham Singh came in and scored 9 goals including one against Germany in the semifinals In the final against a belligerent Pakistan Gentle scored off a second half short corner to make it six golds in six Olympiads A Naseer Bunda goal for Pakistan in the 11thminute of the finals at Rome ended India’s unbeaten run in Olympic hockey Sailing through the preliminaries the Indians under Claudius had found it tough to beat Australia and Great Britain in the quarterfinal and semifinal respectively Though the Indians played at a furious pace against Pakistan the latter managed to keep them from scoring and thus had to settle for silver Pakistan were a force to reckon with in the 60s and India did well to wrest the Olympic crown from them in 1964 at Tokyo Qualifying through the league and beating Australia in the semifinals India were put on the defensive early on Managing to mount a few attacks in the second half they earned a penalty stroke which was converted by Mohinder Lal India won 1-0 even as the Indians in the crowd did an impromptu bhangra The journey downhill It was downhill from there on Joint captains Prithipal Singh and Gurbux Singh brought home a bronze in 1968 while Harmik Singh followed suit in 1972 One of the best centre-halves ever Ajitpal Singh could only manage a 7thplace in 1976 at Montreal even though he had led India to a World Cup win in 1975 The introduction of ‘astroturf’ in the mid-70s compounded India’s problems Groomed on natural surfaces the Indians were no match for their stronger and fitter opponents from Australia and the continent on artificial grass The 1980 triumph though creditable should be seen in the light of an event that saw many boycotts Pakistan Netherlands Australia New Zealand and Germany were a few of the top teams missing from that Olympic lineup India finished a dismal 5thin 1984 and had slid to 7thby the 2004 Games in Athens What followed was disaster They failed to qualify for the Beijing Games in 2008 and then made up the rear at London in 2012 Dhanraj Pillay played in four Olympic Games from 1992 to 2004 when India finished in the 7thposition on three occasions and in the 8thposition in 1996 Adorning his mantelpiece is the Khel Ratna Award the Arjuna Award the Padma Shri and many other coveted cups and trophies But the one that is missing an Olympic gold medal is one he will live to regret forever And to add to his troubles his idol Mohammed Shahid passed away recently Austin Coutinho is a caricaturist cricket and mental toughness coach and the co-author of ‘Devil’s Pack’ along with Balvinder Sandhu I will go to the Olympics to win a gold medal.

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