New Delhi: Indian women's hockey team coach Inderjit Singh Gill died on Wednesday afternoon, following a car crash. Gill, who was presiding over the ongoing national camp in Patiala, was on his way back from Faridkot when his car crashed into a trolley. He was accompanied by his wife, who also suffered seri ous injuries and has been admitted to a hospital.
Gill, 59, began his coaching career in 1986 and has pilot ed many international careers, including India internationals forwards Deepak Thakur, Prabhjot Singh and drag-flicker Sandeep Singh.
Former women's coach Narender Saini mourned the loss, saying the hockey fra ternity had lost a “great mentor“. “He has played a crucial part in shaping many Indian players. It is a great loss. He was about to retire in February next year and in fact, we were planning a farewell for him,“ he said.
?Baskaran to assist India hockey side
In Indian sport, rarely do people set egos aside and be willing to work for the good of the game. Olympic gold medalist and former chief coach V . Baskaran, has set the ball rolling in that direction after assuming charge as a coach of the India team this week.
For a man who occupied the top job with the national side for six years to opt to work under current chief coach Terry Walsh may resemble a climb down, but the 63year-old thinks otherwise.
“After my playing days my passion was always coaching and after being out of the national side coach for almost nine years, I felt I still have a lot to contribute to the sport. Hence I approached Hockey India and told them I'm willing to work with Terry Walsh,“ Baskaran told this newspaper.