New Delhi:KPS Gill told NDTV on Wednesday you need time to build a champion side. But ask any of the selectors, and they'll tell you how he's never given the players a long-enough run, especially if they become big stars or voice their opinions on the hockey federation.
It's a process that's cut short many careers and cost India at crucial times, the latest being the Olympic Qualifiers in Chile
The fact that he dropped six players and the coach who won India the gold in the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games gold showed not just what he thought of that achievement, but also the way he indiscriminately chops and changes the team.
Ashok Kumar, the son of hockey legend Dhyanchand and a former Olympian, says, "When a team loses, the captain takes responsibility. So the general who made the team has to take responsibility, so KPS Gill has to take responsibility for his failure.
"Only Gill is responsible for the sorry state of affairs in hockey. A general is responsible for his army's defeat; he cannot say that the army is responsible. Similarly, one and only Gill is responsible for the embarrassment and no one else. He should take the blame."
Gurbux Singh, a national selector says, "Two players should have been there. I will be very frank about it. One of them is Sandeep Singh - whatever reason - he's fit or not. Sandeep Singh and Arjun Halappa... Who knows whether we would have won had they been there. Nobody knows."
But ask Gill himself, and he denies any arguments or rift with his selectors.