The Super Sunday for Indian sports lovers turned out to be mixed bag. On the one hand, Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team lost to arch-rivals Pakistan by huge 180-run margin in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final. On the contrary, India vs Pakistan clash in Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Finals saw Manpreet Singh’s India register the fantastic 7-1 win over Pakistan. The two contrasting match results naturally brought the age old cricket vs hockey debate on the surface. But the jubilant Twitterati celebrating the win in Hockey and hate towards cricket made a blunder in referring Hockey as India’s National Game. Yes, this information is for the majority of unaware (read: ignorant) ones – Hockey is NOT India’s National Sports. As a matter of fact, India does not have any national sports since 2012 after Hockey was removed from the category. In fact, Field Hockey is National Game of Pakistan.Also Read - India Tour of South Africa: All You Need to Know About the World Class Bio-Secure Arrangements Assured by Cricket South Africa
Twitterverse is flooding with Indian fans taking pride in Hockey is the national game of the country. This sudden love has branched out for two reasons – Firstly, Indian Hockey Team giving a memorable performance in HWL semis against arch-rivals Pakistan. Secondly, Indian cricket team lost their match to Pakistan, in what can be described as one of the worst defeats in the history of the clashes. Also Read - 2nd Test: India A Restrict South Africa A to 233/7 on Day 1
The fans in India, who are not so famous for accepting the defeat with grace, naturally, are mighty pissed at Virat Kohli and co. horrendous performance in the Champions Trophy 2017 Final played at The Oval. Hence, the victory registered by Hockey team is two times sweeter. But the Twitterati failed to realize that Hockey is no longer our national sports like they have all made this factual mistake in their celebratory posts. Also Read - IND vs NZ: Wasim Jaffer Names Potential Game-Changer for India in Mumbai Test
Confused on when Hockey was removed from being the national game? Well, according to the Wikipedia, “Field hockey is the national sport of Pakistan. It was the national sport of India until the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports declared in August 2012 that India has no national sport.” So what exactly happened? According to the TOI report, in the year 2012, a 10-year-old girl Aishwarya Parashar posted an RTI query as she wanted to know when did the government issue an order to announce the country’s national game.
The reply from Union Ministry of Youth Affairs left everyone stunned. The ministry responded saying it has not found any official order or notification which calls hockey the national game. The shocking information had ruffled several feathers back then but clarified the stand that India is without a national game. The questionable Hockey is National Sports of India became fresh in our minds after Twitterati went berserk referring it.
1. It’s not about forgetting but fact!
2. Rote learning at its best
3. Much Logic
4. Opportunistic love for the game
5. Need to be confirmed from Government
6. Yes, super proud moment for India
7. That’s what we’re talking about
8. Is it really?
India recorded their best performance playing against arch-rivals Pakistan in their FIH Hockey World League semi-final match. Akashdeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Talwinder Singh scored two goals each to register 7-1 victory playing at Milton Keynes. Meanwhile, in cricket, defending champions were thrashed brutally by Sarfraz Ahmed captained rejuvenated Pakistan unit by 180 runs. India who were the red hot favorites to win the title match were left high and dry by a charged up Pakistan who gave a memorable clinical performance to lift the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.