Is it the Chak De India effect? It has been a while since India has won a tournament so emphatically! In the recently concluded Asia Cup 2007, India not only equalled a record by defeating Sri Lanka by 20 – 0 , it even won the finals against South Korea – against whom they could not even compete properly not too long ago – by 7-2.
Well, India also defeated Thailand 16-0, and Japan 4-1 on the way to the finals! It is as if the team was in one heck of a scoring mode!
The last time the Indian forwards were in such punishing mood was in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics when India defeated US by 24-1! But that was the era of Dhyan Chand. Is this the revival of Indian hockey? I hope so. It has been a sport which has been close to my heart! My grand-father was one of the founding members of the Jawahar lal Nehru Hockey tournament and I have spent many a summers going to watch hockey matches in Shivaji Stadium! It used to be a treat to do that!
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