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Hockey, not cricket inspires me: PM

Three years after he invited Pakistan President Pervez Musharaf to Delhi to watch a game of cricket, PM Manmohan Singh conceded he was no cricket buff.

cricket Updated: Jun 03, 2008 01:15 IST

Three years after he invited Pakistan President Pervez Musharaf to Delhi to watch a game of cricket to thaw the frozen relations between the two countries, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday conceded he was no cricket buff.

Singh said it was hockey - India's national game - that inspired him during his school games and gave a clarion call on revival of Indian hockey.

The Prime Minister was speaking on the occasion of presentation of the book, "Golden Yardstick: In Quest of Hockey Excellence" written by Olympian Balbir Singh, who led the Indian hockey team that won the gold medal at the 1948 Olympics.

"I want to say that I am not a great fan of cricket. But it is not a great disrespect to the world of cricket," Singh said.

"In my school, there was hockey and I do believe that to the ordinary people of our country, games like hockey and football have far greater significance than the world of cricket," Singh said, calling upon Sports Minister MS Gill to help on behalf of the government to rewriting the history of hockey in the country.