Mumbai hockey player Dhananjay Mahadik has been roped as the video analyst of the national team for the upcoming Asia Cup by Hockey India. The former India defender will join the national camp in Bangalore soon after he recieves a clearance from the Maharashtra government,with whom he is employed as a Sales Tax Officer.
Mahadik will be a part of the new-look support staff appointed by Hockey India after the ouster of chief coach Michael Nobbs. Assistant coaches Clarence Lobo and Mohammad Riaz too have been rested for the Asia Cup. Mahadik joins Dutchman Roelant Oltmans,MK Kaushik and Sandeep Sangwan in the coaching staff.
He showed technical awareness during the Hockey India League with Delhi Waveriders. Even during his playing days,he was regarded as one of the intelligent players in the squad, a Hockey India official said. Video analysis is a crucial part of modern-day hockey. You’ve got to dissect and analyse the matches sharply and for that you need someone with good hockey brains.
This will be the first time Mahadik will take up a coaching role with the national team. He was the captain of the Mumbai team at last month’s national championships and earlier represented Army. It’s exiting to be a part of the national coaching set-up. Asia Cup is a very important tournament for us and we have to win it to qualify for the World Cup. Hockey India League was a big learning curve for me as a coach and video analyst. I’ll join the national camp once the state government gives the permission, Mahadik said.