"You've asked a critical question", said the Indian junior hockey team's coach Harendra Singh, before tears rolled down his cheeks.This correspondent had asked him if he felt like an underachiever, both as player and coach. That was six weeks ago. At that moment, Harendra revealed a pledge he took in 1998, when he became a coach, after being dumped as a player from the national team.
"I told myself that day that I may never be an Olympian, but I will nurture Olympians and world champions the country will be proud of. I've never seen the Indian tricolour fly high at a World Cup, I want to see it this time. I've invested 22 years of my life to see an Indian team lift the World Cup."