1)Field Hockey has failed to make an impact in South or Eastern states like Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Karnataka and an only a meager amount of Legends like Dhanraj Pillay or Sreejesh are exceptions…all are mostly North Indians like Dhyan Chand, Balbir Singh Sr, Udham Singh Kular, Ajithpal Singh, Prithipal Singh, Kd Singh Babu, Mohammad Shahid now compare that to Cricket n u will see Diversity or variety like Rahul Dravid from South and Ganguly from East. The origin of hockey is unknown it was called “Khido Khundi” since 16th or 17th century in Punjab where Khido means ball and Khundi means curved wooden stick made from tree branch unlike hockey it had no time limit and the goal was to get the ball in others corner line.
(2)lack of astroturf in India to practice the entire game is different as you grow up practice on grass and end up playing at ASTRO at international level the pace of the ball, trapping everything is different
(3)Hockey fails to find sponsors and Cricket has more glamour and less physical contact so even a 4-year-old can play it with a tennis ball m tennis bat you can’t expect sponsoring companies to give ad every minute like in cricket after every over promotion
(4)With the advent of One Day cricket and India’s win at the 1983 world Cup when satellite TV’s were nearly available at that stage everyone started being obsessed with Cricket the interest shifted from hockey to cricket and when India lost 7–1 to Pakistan in Asian games that made a deep impact when satellite TV’s were nearly available and the radio’s era ended though let me remind you India won 1975 Hockey World Cup and the problem is also with us that we see cricketers, remember cricketers records and achievements but fail to do the same with Hockey stars also there is not proper stats of our hockey players some as per modern hockey stats Sohail Abbas has a record of highest goal tally it’s 348 but ancient hockey suggests it was Dhyan Chand (Dhyan Singh Bais) scoring 400 goals…Cricket has money, fame, glamour n straight ticket to Bollywood nads that’s all u need
( 5)Indian Hockey has a weak defense and it’s deteriorating performance at the international level against top teams like Belgium, Australia, Netherlands, Germany can’t be ignored…our problem is trapping n man to man defense is absent we lack teamwork, coordination and the fire to win
(6)Corruption was earlier seen in the Hockey federation under kps gill time n he was terminated though now Indian hockey is improving and is on right track after the emergence of Hockey India… BCCI is a private body and is rich n making loads of money n give players maximum earnings
(7)We have failed to recognize our legends but Canada is recognizing them yes you heard it right see Balbir Singh Sr
(8)We need astroturfs for practising sadly we don’t have many so that’s y we can’t develop players from a young age
the abolition of the Offside rule from field hockey – added to the woes of Indian hockey. The offside rule prevented the players from standing behind the opponent’s defence line before the pass is played. However, with offside rule giving way, hockey saw the introduction of a lot of long passes as strikers were allowed to stay high up in the pitch.