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50261.  Fri Feb 10, 2006 11:22 am Reply with quote

What is Indian Dribble?

Indian Dribble is a skill that changed the face of field hockey (the world's oldest stick and ball game) forever when the Indian national team first used it at the Olympic games in 1956.

Until 1956, hockey players used sticks with an enormous toe-end made from steamed English ash.

When the wily Indians turned up to the Melbourne Olympics, they brought sticks made of mulberry wood, which is easier to steam and to fashion into a smaller head.

The smaller head permitted for far greater control and led to the creation of the Indian Dribble, which uses both sides of the toe for aggressive dribbling.

The Indian Dribble contributed to India's sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal, a record for any country in any team sport in the Olympics.

On the subject of Indian Hockey, Sansarpur, a tiny village on the outskirts of Jalandhar, is the most prolific 'per capita' breeder of Olympians in history.

Despite boasting a population of an estimated 4,200 inhabitants, the village (sansar means world and pur habitation), has the distinction of producing 9 Olympians: Gurmit Singh (1932), Udham Singh (1952, '56, '60, '64), Gurdev Singh (1956), Darshan Singh (1964), Jagjit Singh (1964, '68), Balbir Singh - Services, Balbir Singh - Punjab and Tarsem Singh (1968), and the World Cup winning captain Ajitpal Singh (1968, '72, '76).


As you will notice, "Singh" also happens to be the most common name in Indian Hockey.

One of the greatest exponents of the Indian Dribble is Dhanraj Pillai.
I can confidently say that you haven't lived until you see the chap in the flesh:


50285.  Fri Feb 10, 2006 12:03 pm Reply with quote

He's 34, but can outrun and outdribble players almost 15 years his junior.

He seems to have dribbled over his own torso quite a lot...

50286.  Fri Feb 10, 2006 12:04 pm Reply with quote

What is Indian Dribble?

Surely a forfeit for any answer mentioning the morning after a curry.

54215.  Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:57 pm Reply with quote

Links potentially to drips & drops.

India's record in the Olympics paints a dismal picture, for a country having a population of over a billion people. Apart from the 8 gold medals, one silver medal and two bronzes in Hockey, two silver medals in athletics, India has won bronzes for wrestling ( Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav 1952 Helsinki), shooting ( Dr Karni Singh 1964 Tokyo), tennis ( Leander Paes 1996 Atlanta) and weightlifting ( Karnam Malleswari 2000 Sydney).

The two silvers in athletics were both won by an Englishman competing for British India in 1900, so the 'real' non-hockey haul is 4 bronzes. post 15374


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