New Delhi: Indian hockey had touched a new low when it was handed the wooden spoon during the London Olympics last August, but inspirational skipper Sardar Singh feels the summer of discontent is a thing of the past now.
Not even a single win came India's way during the London Olympics as the national game experienced one of its darkest hours but a strong showing in the Champions Trophy and Asian Champions Trophy instilled a fresh lease of life into Indian hockey.
"We have left it behind and moved on. After London Olympics, we performed well at the world's best tournament, Champions Trophy and finished fourth. I, as a skipper, motivated players to perform well and forgot about Olympics," Sardar told PTI in a candid interview.
"The players did well and their hard work paid rich dividends. We defeated world's best teams, New Zealand, England and Belgium in the tournament. In the Asian trophy, we were unlucky as poor umpiring cost us the final against Pakistan other wise we would have won it," he added.