The year was 2007. Cheerleaders danced to the beats of a Bollywood song as India was about to script a nail-biting finish against Pakistan in the cricket Twenty20 World Cup final.

With tricolour flags in hand, almost every Indian spectator was gripped with the spirit of patriotism. The impact on TV viewers couldn’t have been less.

And all this while, little did cricket fans realise that intensity was coming from a song ‘Chak De India‘ filmed on a sport so different in its administration, handling and following.

Chak De! India“, the film featuring the song, was an effort to remind the nation of its national sport — hockey.

Of a sport that brought the nation eight Olympic gold medals.

Of a sport that saw the emergence of a spectacular sportsman.

India's Prabodh Tirkey reacts after losing their men's final World Hockey Beijing Olympics Qualifier match against Britain in Santiago March 9, 2008. REUTERS/Victor Ruiz CaballeroOf a sport that went on to witness one of its most unfortunate days when India failed to make the cut at the Olympics for the first time in 80 years.