CRICKET- Former India hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay believes a podium finish for India at the 2018 World Cup will propel Indian hockey to next level.
He said, “I have been saying since the 1990s that Indian hockey needs one big victory, either in the World Cup or the Olympics.
“If we finish at the podium in this World Cup, hockey in India will go somewhere it has never gone before. It will rise to the next level.”
It becomes imperative for India to perform well at the World Cup as they are the host nation.
“It is imperative for India to reach the quarter-finals by hook or crook,” he said. “After the quarter-final stage, it is about one good or bad day. But I don’t want this team to have a bad day at the office.”
The 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup begins in Odisha on Wednesday.