Former India hockey coach Joaquim Carvalho said that the Indian squad for the upcoming World Cup in Hague is good enough to finish in the top four. And that's why he does not find it palatable that current coach Terry Walsh claimed top-eight finish will be a step in the right direction.
Carvalho said that it is a poor reflection on the coach and the team, one that shows Walsh wanting to save his skin. "This sets a very bad example amongst the squad. Why should we only settle for a top-eight finish? Aren't we good enough for a top-four finish? What is even more surprising is to see that everyone seems to be fine with such a stance.
"Hockey is still followed to a very passionate extent in the country. Hockey fans would be furious if an Indian had said the same thing. Such comments by Walsh show that he's already decided what to do — in many ways given up," said Carvalho.
Carvalho said that Hockey India has shown double standards by excluding India's first choice goalkeeper Adrian D'souza.
"I find this absolutely baffling. Here is someone who has been performing at the highest level when it comes to the national stage. World Cup's come once in four years and you don't take your best player. And what makes it worse is the federation taking a goalkeeper (Gurpreet Singh) who has been banned for six months by the very same body. What kind of example are they trying to set? Players are certainly not being chosen on merit and nothing is being done to hold the people responsible."