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“When India and Pakistan are good there is nothing better for the game.” -Photo by AP

NEW DELHI: Australia’s most inspirational hockey captain Jamie Dwyer has termed Pakistan and India’s resurgence as the single most important factor that could propel the game back into the global limelight.

Dwyer, who has been named ‘player of the year’ for a staggering five times, added that there was “nothing better for the game” when the two subcontinent giants of the past “played good”, referring to the performance of the two teams at the recently concluded Champions Trophy in Australia.

Pakistan got on the Champions Trophy podium after a gap of eight years, beating India and bagging bronze in the third-place match. India remained consisted throughout the event and edge out its stronger opponents to also cap its best finish in eight years.

“I hope India and Pakistan keep improving and keep making semi-finals of big tournaments. They were disappointing at the Olympics this year but we saw here (in Melbourne) that how good they can be,” Times of India quoted Dwyer as saying.

“When India and Pakistan are good there is nothing better for the game. The game becomes so exciting because the amount of following in those countries is huge. I want hockey in those countries to do really well.

“It is pleasing to see them making the semi-finals. How they played the game here is more attractive,” he said.

Following the completion of the Champions Trophy, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) released the updated Men’s World Rankings table, and Pakistan, on the back of its performance, were the most improved nation in the top ten having leapt from 9th place to 5th.

Meanwhile, Former Olympian Arshad Chaudary, while congratulating Pakistan on their success, urged the Pakistan Hockey Federation to build upon the surge.

“I would like to suggest to the PHF and the national team management to immediately prepare a hectic activity programme for the national team instead of celebrating the bronze medal success,” Arshad said.

“The win should be taken as tonic for the roadmap to the World Cup, which is around the corner.

“The national team has shown weaknesses in some important areas of the game and the team management should work to remove all such shortcomings, well before the 2014 World Cup,” he added.


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Aniket
December 14, 2012 5:41 pm
Well, power game has become the norm in other sports also - football, lawn tennis and nowadays even cricket, although arguably, through its T20 format. Let's not blame others for our faults. It was India's faulty Hockey administration under KPS Gill, frequent replacement of national coaches and captains and the overall pathetic state of affairs and corruption in the sports administration of India which is to blame for the downfall of hockey. There have been numerous reports about the misappropriation of funds meant for Hockey Astro turfs, and of how these turfs, piece by piece ended up as doormats in the officials' bungalows. We were not financially, but ethically bankrupt. Others must not be blamed for that.
ganesh
December 14, 2012 11:31 am
i agree with shahid bhais comment of helthy competition but not hating
Shahid
December 13, 2012 3:49 pm
Very truly so, “I hope India and Pakistan keep improving and keep making semi-finals of big tournaments. The Pakistan win should be taken as tonic for the road map to the future and the World Cup, which is around the corner. A healthy competition is great.
rich
December 14, 2012 7:56 am
congrtulation pakistan, Richie Mumbai
hamid Shafiq
December 14, 2012 11:05 am
the two subcontinent giants need to work together more matches between two countries introduce more new tactics give a good chance to win international titles but first to solve all the problems and increase sprots ties.
Khalid
December 13, 2012 7:14 pm
The fact is that the Western countries turned hockey from a beautiful stick magic game to a power play game, all the beautiful dribbling, guile and stick mastery was thrown out and power play and long passes took over, this suited western style of hockey full of physical strength. We need to go back and play hockey which is attractive to watch and give individuals space to show their craft,
observer
December 14, 2012 2:25 am
There can be no better advice than: QUOTE I would like to suggest to the PHF and the national team management to immediately prepare a hectic activity programme for the national team instead of celebrating the bronze medal success UNQUOTE. Thank you Mr. Arshad Chaudary. I hope PHF does what you have suggested.
Tamilslevan
December 13, 2012 8:19 pm
Yes, comments from Dwyer are so true. Congratulations to Pak for winning the bronze and let's hope India improves her game in the future
Madhu Nair
December 14, 2012 11:21 am
True that....the resurgence of the Asian giants is a very good sign for the game.
Vish
December 14, 2012 10:19 am
After changing rules of hockey in a way that was disadvantageous to India and Pakistan, a bit rich to hear Jamie Dwyer saying this. Replacing natural turfs with the faster astroturfs meant traditional dribbling skills of sub-continent players became redundant. Poorer countries like India and Pakistan could not afford many astroturf grounds, and got saddled with an additional disadvantage.
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