Jaypee Punjab Warriors’s manager Jagbir Singh has been suspended for one game in the Hockey India League. The suspension came after Mumbai Magicians coach Ric Charlesworth lodged a complaint against Warriors for fielding 12 players on Sunday night.
Warriors recorded their first win in the league against Magicians but their celebration was hounded by controversy. “What happened last night (Sunday) was really sad. None of us — players or coach — were aware that there were 12 players on the field. We only got to know once Charlesworth filed a complaint,” said Jamie Dwyer, captain of Punjab Warriors.
“But what’s done has been done. We got to keep the points. The manager has been suspended for one game. It was a mistake and at times such things do happen in international matches,” added Dwyer, adding, “Against Magicians, we took our chances and capitalised inside the circle. We played well. Dharamvir Singh, in particular, was very good,” said the Australian.
The manager’s suspension will not dampen Warriors’s spirit against Uttar Pradesh Wizards on Tuesday. Dwyer is aware that his side was on the wrong side of the result in the first game against Wizards. “We’ll have a chat with the team and then decide upon the changes to be made. There have been changes that we have made in the previous games. And, as you can see, it has worked for us,” he said.
Dwyer believed that India adopted Australia’s style of play to some extent. “India and Australia’s defence is very different but we are similar in our attacking styles. But India needs to be more consistent and that’s what I saw on Sunday. If the young lads continue to play like this, then Indian hockey will do wonders.”
Dwyer represented Australia in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2010 World Cup, winning gold on both occasions in New Delhi. It’s only natural that the stadium in the Capital has a special place for him.