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 staff lifted its solely World Cup crown on March 15, 1975 in Kuala Lumpur beating arch rival Pakistan by 2-1 in an exhilarating closing.
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 profitable aim within the closing, has loads of complains.
“We talk about nationalism and what is biggest example of nationalism than bringing laurels for the country. That win brought smiles on the faces of every citizen of this country across caste, religion, status, gender,” he advised 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 closing win in opposition to Pakistan was probably the most impactful matches within the historical past of Indian hockey and it deserves respect.
“People still remember the radio commentary of that match. Hockey was a symbol of nationalism those days. I remember how Raj Kapoor organised a friendly match between our team and Bollywood team and whole film fraternity was there in Wankhede stadium to watch that,” he stated.
Sharing comparable sentiments, one other member of the World Cup profitable staff, Olympian Ashok Diwan feels new technology must pay attention to that wonderful chapter of Indian hockey.
“Naturally we feel bad that only we team members and hockey fraternity remembers this historic day. New generation must be told about that win and feel proud of 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 a chance to relive those moments.”
His staff mate and 1972 Munich Olympics bronze medalist Varinder Singh added: “Last time all of us met in Bhubaneswar throughout 2018 World Cup. We spent every week collectively refreshing previous recollections. We stayed in the identical lodge, 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 yr however by some means it couldn’t be materialised. I believe that there must be a mechanism by which former gamers stay related,” he stated.