Mihir Vasavda

Articles By Mihir Vasavda

We were concentrating so much on not conceding that we couldn’t attack: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu says despite the group-stage exit at Asian Cup, national team has grown in stature

Culling to not stop with Hockey India chief coach Harendra, assistant Ciriello put on ‘review’

Hockey India has also put Harendra's assistant Chris Ciriello on ‘review’ while all Indian trainers associated with the team have been instructed to do FIH coaching courses to continue being a part of the set-up.

Hockey India CEO’s outburst before Dutch game had a ‘very disturbing effect’, says Harendra Singh

Hockey India's four-member high performance and development committee, which met in Delhi last Monday, cited the incident as one of the reasons for Harendra's removal as the chief coach.

I was not given free hand to select players, says Harendra Singh

In letter to SAI, Harendra Singh said the selectors backtracked after agreeing to pick seniors including forward SV Sunil, drag-flicker Rupinder Pal for the World Cup.

AFC Asian Cup 2019: Charge of the blue brigade

With Udanta Singh on the wings, Anirudh Thapa in mid-field and Ashique Kuruniyan upfront, Sunil Chhetri has found the perfect support cast at the Asian Cup.

With Harendra Singh’s dismissal, Indian hockey back to square one

Most coaches, including Australian legend Ric Charlesworth and Belgium’s Shane McLeod, urged India not to make changes to the coaching and playing staff.

Harendra Singh: Another one coach bites the dust

When contacted by The Indian Express, Harendra expressed surprise at his relegation to the junior team. “I don't know about this,” he said. When the Hockey India (HI) press release was read out to him, he declined comment.

AFC Asian Cup 2019: India leave footprint in Asia

India win first Asian Cup game in 54 years with a 4-1 thrashing of Thailand in campaign opener.

AFC Asian Cup 2019: India brace for Thailand encounter

India will open their Asian Cup campaign tonight against Thailand in Abu Dhabi. It’s one of the rare continental matches where India feel like equals going into the match.

AFC Asian Cup 2019: In Emirates, India’s proving ground

Stephen Constantine’s men begin as underdogs at the AFC Asian Cup 2019, but they will be keen to justify their surge in ranking.

India football’s freefall

Indian football ails in the backdrop of absurd, grand claims, constantly shifting goalposts and shielding the uncertain present by projecting a glitzy future.

More than half of Khelo India trainees fail to join camps

The primary reason for athletes giving these camps a miss was their reluctance to leave their schools in the middle of the academic year.

Regime change at AAI after 45 years; first of many at IOA, NSFs?

Despite opposition from the Indian Olympic Association and the sports ministry, former Indian Administrative Services and United Nations officer BV Papa Rao was appointed as the AAI president in the elections.

Hockey World Cup 2018: Arthur Van Doren – the MVP who leads Belgium from the back

Arthur Van Doren isn’t the kind who will get too pumped up before a match or come screaming out of the dressing room. Instead, Van Doren sits quietly in a corner, and plays out the match in his mind.

Hockey World Cup 2018: Red-letter day for Belgium in Bhubaneswar

Belgium beat Netherlands in a penalty shootout to be crowned world champions for the first time. After the match finished 0-0 in regulation time, Belgium beat Netherlands 3-2 in the shootout.

Hockey World Cup 2018: Belgium in the zone

Switch to zonal press from man-to-man marking transformed the Red Lions into hockey elites.

Hockey World Cup 2018: FIH president Narinder Batra’s rebuke puts Harendra Singh on notice

FIH president Narinder Batra, still a highly influential figure in Hockey India, took exception over Harendra's remarks and said the India coach should’ve been ‘graceful’ in defeat.

Hockey World Cup: Changing players over and over again had an impact, says Sardar Singh

In an interview with The Indian Express, the recently-retired playmaker Sardar Singh talks about how the lack of game sense has affected India’s chances and stresses on the need to keep the current playing group together.

Hockey World Cup: Indians must realise a quarter is 15 minutes, not 14.55, says Netherlands forward Jeroen Hertzberger

Netherlands forward Jeroen Hertzberger was pretty sharp in his assessment. “Indian players need to realize that a quarter lasts for 15 minutes and not 14 minutes, 55 seconds,” he said, referring to Netherlands’ late first quarter equalizer on Thursday.

Hockey World Cup 2018: Touch and go for India against the Dutch

India go down fighting to Holland as World Cup campaign has a familiar end — a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in the quarterfinals.