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Updated on: Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 07:25 AM IST

FPJ test drive: Mumbai has already forgotten our hockey heroes and heroines

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Women's hockey team | File photo

Women's hockey team | File photo

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It’s not even a month since Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams created history at the Tokyo Olympics. Manpreet Singh’s men ended a 41-year medal wait by winning the bronze, while Rani Rampal’s women created history by entering the play-offs for the first time in Indian women’s hockey history.

Right from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Bollywood superstars and the common citizens, everyone was only talking about the hockey stars. Nobody had any doubt that they had become household names.

Then the government renamed the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna – India’s highest sporting honour – after hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand, and everyone was convinced about hockey finally finding its way back into our hearts.

The reality, sadly, is vastly different, at least in Mumbai, which seems to have already forgotten the Indian hockey stars. FPJ reporters spoke to Mumbaikars across strata, asking them 1: Who are the captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams that competed at the Tokyo Olympics? and 2: Who was Major Dhyan Chand?

Most respondents drew a blank, suggesting that cricket stars were here to stay, whether they win or lose.

Sumit Thakur, 28

From Thane

Sumil is logistic manager at a pvt firm

Who are the captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams that competed at the Tokyo Olympics?

Ans: No idea

Who was Major Dhyan Chand?

Ans: A hockey player

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Anushkriti Anand, 30

From Wadala

Anand is a social media influencer

Who are the captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams that competed at the Tokyo Olympics?

Ans: Don’t know.

Who was Major Dhyan Chand?

Ans: No idea.

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Ashish Patsute

From Kalachowkie

Ashish is a student

Who are the captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams that competed at the Tokyo Olympics?

Ans: Nahi Pata…mein khelta nahi hockey

Who was Major Dhyan Chand?

Ans: Koi sportsperson hai kya?

Ahmad Ali

From Dongri

Ahmad is a lab technician

Who are the captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams that competed at the Tokyo Olympics?

Ans: No idea, Can I google it?

Who was Major Dhyan Chand?

Ans: Why are you asking me? Is this some kind of survey?

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Viraj Both, 21

From Andheri

Viraj is a student

Who are the captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams that competed at the Tokyo Olympics?

Ans: I know about women's team captain. Her name is Rani Rampal.

Who was Major Dhyan Chand?

Ans: I guess he is a legendary hockey player. Recently, some sports award was named after him.

Vicky Vaidya, 28

from Andheri

Vicky is a banker

Who are the captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams that competed at the Tokyo Olympics?

Ans: Men's team captain is some Singh and women's captain is Rani Rampal.

Who was Major Dhyan Chand?

Ans: He was a hockey player.

Atul Salve, 25

From Malad

Atul is a student

Who are the captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams that competed at the Tokyo Olympics?

Ans: The women’s team captain is Rani Rampal. I know because I watched the recent matches and followed the trends on social media. But I don’t know the name of the men’s team captain.

Who was Major Dhyan Chand?

Ans: He was a famous hockey player, that's all I know.

Gopal Mhaske, 36

From Borivali

Gopal is a sales representative

Who are the captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams that competed at the Tokyo Olympics?

Ans: Men’s team captain is Manpreet Singh. Women’s team captain I don’t remember. We don't get to hear about sports other than cricket.

Who was Major Dhyan Chand?

Ans: I am aware of Dhyan Chand as I have heard stories about him from my grandfather.

Aatish Mhapralkar, 30

From Bandra

Aatish works at a pvt firm

Who are the captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams that competed at the Tokyo Olympics?

Ans: Someone who’s name starts with H. Harpreet Singh or something like that. Don’t remember the women’s team captain.

Who was Major Dhyan Chand?

Ans: He was a great hockey player.

GS Iyer, 45

From Dahisar

Iyer works at a pvt firm

Who are the captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams that competed at the Tokyo Olympics?

Ans: Manpreet Singh and Rani

Who was Major Dhyan Chand?

Ans: A hockey legend

R Nair, 49

From Mulund

Nair is a photographer

Who are the captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams that competed at the Tokyo Olympics?

Ans: M Singh and Rani Rampal

Who was Major Dhyan Chand?

Ans: An Olympian

Santosh Dhule, 52

From Goregaon

Santosh is a security guard

Who are the captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams that competed at the Tokyo Olympics?

Ans: I don’t know

Who was Major Dhyan Chand?

Ans: He was India’s hockey team captain.

Sadanand Panchal, 42

From Andheri

Sadanand is an electrician

Who are the captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams that competed at the Tokyo Olympics?

Ans: Men’s team captain is Manpreet. I don’t remember the women’s team captain.

Who was Major Dhyan Chand?

Ans: He was a world famous hockey player from India

Ashfak Patel, 38

From Andheri

Ashfak is a transporter

Who are the captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams that competed at the Tokyo Olympics?

Ans: I don’t know

Who was Major Dhyan Chand?

Ans: Dhyan Chand was an Indian hockey player.

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Published on: Monday, August 30, 2021, 10:50 PM IST
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