Indian hockey wrote a historic chapter precisely 46 years in the past on this present day in Kuala Lumpur when the nation lifted its solely World Cup title, however the architects of that achievement on Monday rued the truth that countrymen has step by step forgotten their feat.
The Indian hockey crew lifted its solely World Cup crown on March 15, 1975 in Kuala Lumpur beating arch rival Pakistan by 2-1 in an exciting last.
A wonderful chapter was written after struggling the ignominy of a heart-breaking loss two years in the past.
But Ashok Kumar , who had scored the successful objective within the last, has loads of complains.
“We speak about nationalism and what’s largest instance of nationalism than bringing laurels for the nation. That win introduced smiles on the faces of each citizen of this nation throughout caste, faith, standing, gender,” he instructed PTI Bhasha.
“But who remembers that now. TV channels are busy in celebrating Alia Bhatt”s birthday since morning. Not a single point out of hockey World Cup win anyplace. We don’t get any congratulatory calls on this present day,” stated Kumar, son of legendary Major Dhyan Chand.
He stated the World Cup last win towards Pakistan was some of the impactful matches within the historical past of Indian hockey and it deserves respect.
“People nonetheless keep in mind the radio commentary of that match. Hockey was a logo of nationalism these days. I keep in mind how Raj Kapoor organised a pleasant match between our crew and Bollywood crew and complete movie fraternity was there in Wankhede stadium to observe that,” he stated.
Sharing comparable sentiments, one other member of the World Cup successful crew, Olympian Ashok Diwan feels new technology must pay attention to that superb chapter of Indian hockey.
“Naturally we really feel dangerous that solely we crew members and hockey fraternity remembers this historic day. New technology should be instructed about that win and really feel pleased with it,” he stated.
“That was our first World Cup win. It has been 46 years now. We hope that India wins the hockey World Cup in 2023 and we get an opportunity to relive these moments.”
His crew mate and 1972 Munich Olympics bronze medalist Varinder Singh added: “Last time all of us met in Bhubaneswar throughout 2018 World Cup. We spent per week collectively refreshing previous reminiscences. We stayed in the identical resort, had breakfast, lunch and dinners collectively and used to go to the stadium collectively.
“We had determined then that we are going to meet as soon as in a 12 months however one way or the other it couldn’t be materialised. I feel that there ought to be a mechanism by which former gamers stay related,” he stated.