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Sigh. It’s the end of Indian hockey...Hang on. You just told me on Sunday night that it was the rebirth of Indian hockey!

india Updated: Mar 03, 2010 23:31 IST

Sigh. It’s the end of Indian hockey...

Hang on. You just told me on Sunday night that it was the rebirth of Indian hockey!

Well, I was wrong. It was a false blip.

You mean the 4-1 victory over Pakistan at the Hockey World Cup gave you ideas that we were back in the big league?

Well...

Then the 2-5 defeat against Australia on Tuesday brought you back to reality again, didn’t it?

Well, we played so well against Pakistan and the news channels kept carrying the ‘Breaking News’: ‘Return of Indian hockey?’ I got confused.

You do know that we’re No. 12 in the world rankings, below New Zealand and Canada, right?

Yes, but we did make it to the World Cup after not making it to the Olympics for the first time.

Er, that was simply because we were hosts and automatically qualified for the World Cup.

That means we’ve also qualified automatically for the Commonwealth Games hockey medal run, right?

That’s correct.

Oh ho! Then Indian hockey will make a resurgence at the Commonwealth Games! [Groan]

Do say: We are like this only.

Don’t say: Astro-turf is so artificial. We would have been world champions if we had stuck to real grass!