Gem of players
It turned out to be a historic day for India as it was the first time that a host nation created history by winning the FIH Junior Hockey World Cup after 15 years. India reclaimed the title for the second time in the history of the tournament. Who can forget India having finished a lowly 13th in the last edition of the tournament in New Delhi? After the memorable victory, India captain Harjeet Singh said the current team will ‘give a lot of joy’ to the countrymen in near future. But let us not forget that these 18 golden gems of India have made plenty of sacrifices. Seven members of the junior hockey team, including the captain, are sons of drivers. They have battled the odds from a very young age, and their victory is no fluke. The team won the Junior Asia Cup last year and also the last build-up event – a four-nation tournament in Spain. Now, it is the duty of the government, sponsors, media and hockey lovers to revive India’s hockey glory by coming forward to support the team and also search for more talent for future.
Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee,