Advocating the introduction of a third umpire in hockey, junior hockey team coach Harendra Singh said human errors cost India a podium finish in the recently-concluded World Cup in Rotterdam, Holland.
"We had worked hard for four years for the tournament, but we were done in by some poor umpiring. I think it's high time that the third umpire be introduced in hockey, as human errors can spoil a team's chances, as it happened to us in the World Cup," Harendra said on Tuesday.
Harendra, who returned from Rotterdam with the rest of the team in the early hours of Tuesday, said the team was done in by poor umpiring in the semi-finalagainst Australia.
Hesaid he was very disappointed with the results since they do not reflect the true potential of the team.
"Ifeel sorry that we could not retain the title. I am disappointed about not finishing on the podium.
"Iam satisfied with the performance of the team, but certainly not with the results."
Harendra said despite the fourth-placefinish, the team played very well throughout the tournament though it needed to be a little more consistent.
"The world's leading coaches like (Paul) Lissek, Richard (Charlesworth)all seemed quite impressed with the way the Indians played in the competition," Harendra added.
"Imust give credit to the players, as despite the loss to Spain in the league stage, they pulled their socks up and played brilliantly.
"Theteam never choked under pressure though it made some silly mistakes against Australia. We dominated the match for most part but still lost it."
Harendrasaid the team benefited from the experience of seven to nine players who played for the Indian senior team.
He also lauded drag-flickerSandeep Singh's performance.
"Sandeep is not only a match-winner;he is a tournament winner. He scored 12 goals from 23 penalty-corners. His performance is one of the satisfying areas for the team."
Askedwhy Sandeep had not been so effective while playing for the senior national team, he said, "He has always delivered under me. Maybe, some other coaches do not know how to use him."
Harendrasaid he would be submitting his report to Indian Hockey Federation president K P S Gill in a day or two.