Gone should be the days of finishing second or third, let’s eye for the champion’s slot
Amid the consistent exhibition of pathetic displays of athleticism by some of our Indian sporting ‘stars’ at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, hope still persists. After the Indian men qualifying for the hockey semis, it is now the girls who have kept alive the hopes of billions courtesy, their maiden entry into the last four too- a feat that elevates our solemn mood.
Be it PV Sindhu, Mirabai Chanu or Lovlina Bargohain and now our hockey players the elixir are on the cards and we cannot refute it.
Kudos to our women for getting the better of the much superior Australia 1-0, a contest that was presumed to be one-sided before the game-on whistle blew. The achievements of our hockey teams hold ground since we have deprived ourselves of a medal (in the sport) for 41 years at the Olympics.
When Gurjit Kaur scored the all-important goal through a penalty corner, it just accentuated our hopes and aspirations. And once the final whistle was heard, it was unflinching ecstasy that went unruly (do not blame us because we have made it a habit to mourn and crib) – such milestones lead to eccentric happiness.
The Indian women are now slated to lock horns with Argentina for a berth in the finals. Will they make it? We can hope and pray but let us not stay content with just a bronze but eye a gold.
Bars can only be raised once the fans contribute and egg on the participants in the thick of things. It is time to shed our age-old practice of surrendering to the superior entity because we have the ability to finish right at the top and not end up second or third.
Virat Kohli’s men lost in the World Test Championship finals, the limited-overs team gave in when it mattered in the T20 series against Sri Lanka when it mattered, but Lovlina and our hockey sides can’t afford it to be runners up — they must grab the gold and hopefully they will.
So wake up from your protracted slumber, it’s time to have a shot at the Numero One position and nothing lesser.