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Dear Sachin, Must We Support Indian Hockey Only When We Beat Pak?

Sachin Tendulkar among others tweeted for India’s senior men’s hockey team after they beat Pakistan in the Asia Cup.

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Sachin Tendulkar and Manpreet Singh – captain of the Indian hockey team. 
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Sachin Tendulkar, Amit Shah, Virender Sehwag – I have a complaint.

Each one of you tweeted for the Indian hockey team after they beat Pakistan 3-1 in the Asia Cup on 15 October.

Dear Sachin, Must We Support Indian Hockey Only When We Beat Pak?
Dear Sachin, Must We Support Indian Hockey Only When We Beat Pak?
Dear Sachin, Must We Support Indian Hockey Only When We Beat Pak?

But wait, that’s not my complaint.

My complaint is that you didn’t tweet when India beat Japan 5-1 and Bangladesh 7-0 in the same tournament. And I’m only complaining because this isn’t the first time.

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On 18 June this year, India was playing arch-rivals Pakistan in not one, but two sports – both being held in London. In cricket, India was facing Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final while the senior hockey men were playing a pool game in the Hockey World League Semi-Final.

Dear Sachin, Must We Support Indian Hockey Only When We Beat Pak?
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And as you well know, the Pakistani cricket team made history by winning their first Champions Trophy tournament and the Indian men thrashed their opponents 7-1. As expected, the likes of Rahul Gandhi, Sachin Tendulkar and Varun Dhawan all tweeted for the hockey men that day.

Dear Sachin, Must We Support Indian Hockey Only When We Beat Pak?
Dear Sachin, Must We Support Indian Hockey Only When We Beat Pak?

However.

India also beat Canada 3-0 in the same tournament and defeated New Zealand 4-0 before that – teams that are ranked way higher than Pakistan. But these wins didn’t get any attention from the famous personalities.

The senior men’s hockey team have had nothing less than a revolution in terms of performance and results in the past year or so.

Led by PR Sreejesh, India bagged a historic silver medal at the Champions Trophy in June last year. The team qualified for the finals for the first time ever and got a podium finish after a gap of 34 years.

At the Rio Olympics in August 2016, India defeated current World No 1 Argentina and qualified for the quarter-finals for the first time since 2004.

In October, they lifted the Asian Champions Trophy, and in November beat powerhouse Australia to finish the year on a high.

If that wasn’t enough, they’ve already qualified for the Hockey World League Finals and 2018 World Cup – both to be hosted in Bhubaneswar.

Providing support to such a team that has been growing and improving could go a long way in motivating the younger players in a team. In addition, attending a match here and there could also encourage more people to watch the sport.

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Then why is it that our politicians and famous personalities don’t back #IndiakaGame more often? Why this half-hearted support? Why make only #INDvPAK trend?

We get that India’s match against Pakistan are hyped way more by the media. And the Indian squad might have hit some roadblocks recently but they’ve also played some kick-ass hockey.

So as they progress to the next stage of another big tournament, let's go support the men in blue irrespective of who they're playing!

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