Beyond cricket, we know nothing much about other sports that our country is representing at. In fact, there are differences if Badminton, Tennis players or some athletes win medal in International games or Olympics. But all those will get subdued if Indian cricket team is playing at the time. Such is the large cacophony that is surrounding the Indian cricket for almost two decade and the sponsors are vying each other to fund the team. The net result is that Indian cricket players get more fatter every day and the others get more leaner and thinner.
Though it is pretty quiet a long introduction, but this writer left with not much armour to tell it more straighter than this. The win of Indian women's Hockey team for the first time internationally on Thursday has a little dizzied and fill the heart with overjoy. So thought of starting a lengthy detailed narration of the plight of other sports compared to cricket in fact going meticulously straight into the win of Ice Hockey achievement.
Yes! We do have a team of girls playing Ice Hockey. They won their first International match on Thursday by beating Philippines at the Challenge Cup of Asia in Thailand.
The achievement of the women were less available in the mainstream Indian media and in fact, one wonder that remains is whether they had known about such a 'win'.
The 20 women have to battle all the odds to make in to the international level after they have faced with acute fund shortage and no government agencies or government itself coming to their help. They have to rely on more than 3000 donors who contributed in a crowdfunding platform for training, accommodation, air fares, visa, team jersey, and equipment.
However, the many hurdles they have to face haven't deterred them or brought down their morale. The women have come together to give a passionate fight in snatching their first International win in Bangok. Their win, though, has come not easily.
The Indian girls had debuted for the first time in International scene was in 2016 Challenge Cup of Asia in Chinese Taipei, which then be a new competition aimed at supporting the ice hockey friendly countries in this part of the world. The performance of the team was dismal with India conceding 39 goals and scored five for themselves in the four games they played.
This year, they have improved gradually this time. Scoring their first goal in the second period that ended with the team having a 1-0 advantage. The last period produced a flurry of goals as both teams scored 3 goals each but India emerged victorious with the final 4-3 scoreline.
India had lost its first match against UAE 4-6 on Tuesday. Large scale corporate sponsorship elude the sport, which is mostly played in Kashmir’s Leh, Ladakh and Kargil districts.