Erstwhile heavyweights India and Pakistan’s resurgence is important for world hockey and there could be “nothing better for the game when they play good”, says Australia’s inspirational captain Jamie Dwyer.
Dwyer was impressed by the two side’s showings in the recently-concluded Champions Trophy in Australia.
“I hope India and Pakistan keep improving and keep making semi-finals of big tournaments. They were disappointing at the Olympics this year but we saw here (in Melbourne) that how good they can be,” Dwyer said.
“When India and Pakistan are good there is nothing better for the game. The game becomes so exciting because the amount of following in those countries is huge. I want hockey in those countries to do really well. It is pleasing to see them making the semi-finals. How they played the game here is more attractive,” he said.
“They (India) had real belief in their game. They had a couple of players who were exceptional. They seemed to click on occasions. They didn’t play too good against us in the semi-finals but I haven’t seen India play like this since (Dhanraj) Pillay was in the team back in early 2000,” he said.
Dwyer, who won the FIH World Player of the Year award a record five times, is one of the marque players of the inaugural Hockey India League, the player’s auction of which will take place here on Sunday.PTI