New Delhi: Former players on Tuesday termed Hockey India's decision to sack Australian coach Michael Nobbs a "step in the right direction" and backed Olympian M K Kaushik to once again take over the reigns of the men's national team.
Captain of India's last World Cup-winning side in 1975, Ajitpal Singh said Nobbs should have been shown the door after the London Olympics debacle last year.
"This sacking should have come much earlier. It is a step in the right direction. We finished 12 out of 12 teams in London which is disturbing and shameful for a hockey playing nation like India, which possess a rich history," the skipper of the World Cup-winning team told PTI.