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The Tale of Two Balls   2 comments

Disclosure: I certainly have no abstracts taken from the book “The Tale of Two Cities”, neither have any essence that could be interpreted by my readers.

The Tale of Two Balls is a true story that most of us are aware of, when it comes to be an Indian. So what do you think am I referring to? For those who guessed it right or still wondering here is the answer.

I’m referring to a religion vs the one that is supposed to be the national sport of our country. I’m sure you have guessed it right by now, Cricket and Hockey.

If we all remember the strike and the outrage that was covered by the media, where Hockey players protested for being treated as outcasts in the glory of a nation where Cricket has become a religion and where the BCCI (the richest cricketing board) still makes a huge amount of money. So where do you think the blame is, the media, the people running it or the people playing it.

In both the form of sports they all have given more than it takes. Before we try to make any sort of judgement, let’s rewind and check for few facts.

India won ICC World Cup twice 1983 and 2011, the Indian Women’s cricket team have also achieved a lot Runners up for 2005 World Cup and 3rd place during 1997, 2000 and 2009. Four time winners of Asia Cup i.e. 2004-2006 and 2008.

Compared to the hockey team which won its first Gold Medal in Olympics in the year 1928. From 1928 to 1956, the Indian men’s team remained unbeaten in the Olympics, garnering six gold medals in a row. The Indian team has won a total of eight gold, one silver and two bronze medals in Olympics. This was also the first nation that was a part of the International Hockey Federation, as a Non European Country. Not to forget the Indian Women’s Hockey team, which won 3 consecutive Gold Medals i.e. 2002 Commonwealth Games, 2003 Afro-Asian Games and 2004 Hockey Asia Cup. In 2009, India became the first winner of the women’s Champions Challenge II in hockey history after they defeated Belgium 6-3 in the final in Kazan, Russia. (*source WIKI)

Unparalleled to what could have happened, but given the fact that when Indian Hockey ruled and gave India a new face in the sports arena while Cricket was still in the state of infancy. But where are we now?

If we go around the issues covering the Indian Hockey, there are many. With not much of infrastructure to support and develop existing and new talent. Lack of sponsorship and investments making it hard for them to scout for new talent. Though late, but I think people have soon come to realize it. With the players venting out their frustration and Indian’s coming ahead to support a cause, we can expect a turn around. But will it continue or it will phase out with other events trying to steal the spot light.

Now both the sports have earned their name in this country, in fact I wonder how much of sponsorship comes by the Indian Hockey Association, that will help them to develop the team or find more talent in this country. I’m sure compared to Cricket it will be termed as Nickels and Dime.

Will time change the outlook or it will take more than time before the patience runs out.

It won’t be surprising, rather a fact that if we are able to generate and spend half the amount of revenues generated out of cricket on other games we can do wonder’s, because in a nation of millions there will be more than enough talent if we earnestly look for it.

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