Discharging duel responsibility in a crucial tournament is not a new thing for Indian hockey's High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans whose primary focus now is to prepare the team as best as he can for the Champions Trophy in the absence of just-retired coach Terry Walsh.
Indian men's hockey captain Sardar Singh said on the team's return home from Australia Tuesday that the 3-1 series win Down Under will act as a motivation for them ahead of the prestigious Champions Trophy.
Hockey fans will get to see the prestigious Champions Trophy matches, to be held Dec 6-14 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, with the cheapest ticket costing only Rs.20 while the least-expensive ticket for the knock-out rounds will cost Rs.50.
The Indian hockey team has been drawn in a tough group alongside Olympic champion Germany and World Cup runner-up the Netherlands among others for the Champions Trophy to be held in Bhubaneswar from December 6-14.
Former India captain Rahul Dravid on Friday said of the three formats of the game, ODI cricket at present was largely irrelevant and struggling to survive and consequently there should be more tournaments like Champions Trophy or World Cup to give it a proper context.
Pakistan Hockey Federation secretary Rana Mujahid is "frustrated" that the national sport is struggling to lure sponsors due to lack of international success in recent years and felt the scene was much better in India.
Legendary Australian hockey player Jamie Dwyer is all set to call time on his illustrious career within next two months, ruling out any possibility of representing the `Kookaburras` in their Champions Trophy defence in India later this year.
Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf is contemplating suing his successor, Najam Sethi for defamation after he was accused of not accounting for 20 million rupees spent during his 22-month tenure and also of gross mismanagement.
With the World Cup just round the corner, Indian men`s hockey team chief coach Terry Walsh is realistic about his ward`s chances and said his main "objective is to finish in the top 8" in the mega-event and anything higher than that will be a "big bonus".
England batsman Joe Root was formally recognised by the respected Wisden`s Almanac as one of the `Five Cricketers of the Year` for getting punched by Australian batsman David Warner last year, according to a report.
Claiming to be at the top of his game right now, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on thursday said he is not bothered by competition breathing down his neck as his endeavour is to improve himself.