Author(s): L.R.K. Krishnan
The game of hockey dates back to ancient civilisation in different formats but was introduced in India by the British. The game gained popularity amongst the army soldiers and later in other public sector units and clubs. India rose to the top in the Olympics and remained undisputed leader in the Olympic arena till the powerful European nations highjacked the sport to their advantage. India has not recovered from the change in the eco-system and has not adopted as well as it should have owing to various reasons. Analysis of the Indian team performance in the international arena and the consequent fall out has been elaborated in this case study. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the various reasons for the drop in performance and possible solutions to remedy the situation. The limitation of this case study is that no tournament-match wise analysis has been undertaken, besides a host of factors which has impacted Indian team performance namely playing conditions, umpiring errors etc.