articles by Sundeep Misra

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Goal-scoring machine par excellence, Balbir Singh Senior's legacy is secure in pantheon of India's hockey greats

History will look at Balbir generously, as an Indian hockey star revered and venerated almost as much as Dhyan Chand. Both won three Olympic golds. Both set extremely high standards.

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Manmeet Singh tribute: Stylish and aggressive in playing days, ex-TT national champion was resolute even in fight against ALS

Manmeet Singh tribute: Stylish and aggressive in playing days, ex-TT national champion was resolute even in fight against ALS

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Coronavirus Outbreak: Stuck in a pandemic, hockey coaches try and improvise game's future in post-COVID world

As sport waits for its spectacle to come back, hockey coaches sitting back, analysing, and reanalysing their own tactical formulae, figure out further tactical shifts and the need for change. Has hockey as a sport prospered? Have we graduated from being an amateur sport with an emotional wrench to a multi-million dollar professional discipline, up there with the big boys? Does anything need to change in a sport where rules are revised at the snap of a finger?

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Coronavirus pandemic: A world without sports is one of loneliness and longing

For the sports lover - fed on a daily diet of live sport from cricket to football, badminton to tennis, kabaddi to wrestling - time now stands still

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FIH Pro League 2020: India exude big-match temperament, correct mistakes from last match to beat Australia in shoot-out

India now play on 25th April against Germany in Berlin, the first of their away Pro League games. It’s also the start of the leg where Graham Reid has to find his men for Tokyo; the players who eventually will play the role.

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FIH Pro League 2020: Overawed by Australia's pace, intensity and skill, India's fourth quarter resurgence falls short

Overawed by Australia's pace, intensity and skill, India's fourth quarter resurgence falls short in first game of FIH Pro League double-header

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Vivek Sagar Prasad overcomes lack of money, height and career-threatening injury to become FIH Rising Star of the Year

Ashok Kumar says Vivek Sagar Prasad is the perfect central midfielder who has the slice ball, vision and is quick enough to pass and dart into pockets creating space as he runs

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FIH Pro League 2020: India's defensive lapses overpower their attacking intent as hosts go down to world champions Belgium

India had 12 shots on goal to Belgium’s 9; they had 28 circle penetrations to Belgium’s 19 and 3 PCs to their opponents' 1. In the end, Belgium’s better use of opportunities and some clear thinking gave them the edge.

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FIH Pro League 2020: Disciplined, determined India deliver stunning blow to world No 1 Belgium as team's ascendancy extends

Belgium had 40 circle penetrations to India’s 18. They had 25 shots on goal to India’s 6. And they had 13 PCs to India’s 4. Still, India won 2-1.

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FIH Pro League 2020: Victory over world No 1 Belgium could prove 'liberation point' for India but they need to push the limits

A win against Belgium in both matches will liberate India to perform at a level that just could be the beginning of the pinnacle they want to achieve.

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FIH Pro League 2020: India's rearguard marks a pleasant departure from norm as clock ticks for Tokyo Olympics

In the shoot-out, India scored through Vivek Prasad, Gurjant Singh and Akashdeep while the Dutch could only slot in one, off Mirco Pruijser.

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FIH Pro League 2020: India's speed, accuracy too hot to handle for Dutch as hosts canter to memorable win

India stunned Holland with their speed, accuracy and overall game awareness to mark a dream Pro League debut.

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FIH Pro League 2020: Debut an opportunity for Indian hockey team to get much-needed competition against stiff opposition

Even though all eyes are on the Olympic Games, the immediate task at hand for Indian hockey team is to start winning against big opponents

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Indian men's hockey team renews bid for glory 39 years since podium finish

Before the Tokyo Olympics, India are expected to play the Pro-League, Azlan Shah and Asian Champions Trophy, which should be enough to gauge each player's character and keep injuries at bay

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FIH Olympic Qualifiers 2019: Rani Rampal’s mercenaries revel in much-deserved spotlight; Indian men's team underline potential

The fans thundered. Rani, down on one knee, arms aloft, basked in the ecstasy. Her teammates swarmed around her. Belief swiftly switched sides.

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FIH Olympic Qualifiers 2019: Indian men wary of complacency; Sjoerd Marijne looks to capitalise on women's team's newfound confidence

With no disrespect to Russia as an opponent, knowing fully well that matches in the Olympic Qualifiers in different parts of the world have run close, it will still be a tall order, probably the upset of the year or even the last decade if Russia put it across India

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Bianca Andreescu's homecoming: Multi-cultural Mississauga basks in reflected glory as Canada's social diversity shines bright

Bianca Andreescu's hometown Mississauga feted her with a golden key and named a city street sign — Andreescu Way — after her in recognition of her US Open triumph.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: In quest to regain lost glory, Indian hockey can take lessons from Belgium's rise

Can India draw insights or utilise the same blueprint from Belgium's extraordinary run to become World Champions, Olympic silver medallists and European Champions?

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Hockey test event provides India coach Graham Reid with chance to instil faith and belief in team

In Tokyo at the Test event, in a team that doesn't lack skills, expertise and finesse, India coach Graham Reid needs to drill faith and belief.

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Persistence, patience and conviction: Key ingredients required for Indian hockey to achieve long-term consistency

In the last three decades, India have been at the deep end in the hockey ocean. Players, coaches, support staff and Hockey India have to understand that consistency is not a pill you swallow and voila, the results will follow. There needs to be persistence, patience and conviction.