He almost priced himself out of the reckoning but his superb credentials and a slice of Dutch influence finally helped Terry Walsh clinch the hot job as India's chief hockey coach. The double Olympian will now shape the destiny of Sardar Singh & Company as India attempt to regain their lost pride in international hockey. Having worked with the Netherlands national team in 2004, Walsh won Dutchman and Hockey India's High Performance manager Roelant Oltmans' vote before he was appointed by the sports ministry.
India's reputation as a hockey power took a massive beating when the former Olympic champions finished last in the 2012 London Games. Under Aussie coach Michael Nobbs and skipper Bharat Chetri, India went from bad to worse as the team was crippled by poor form and reports of players feigning injury just before match days.
Nobbs resigned in July on health grounds, but he was already getting upset with a system that often picked national players at random and without a scientific basis. Walsh, of course, will have a set of talented junior players to work with. Several of them products of the Hockey India League, Walsh will have a clutch of young men who recently won the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia.