- If the cricket was disastrous for India — losing four out of five Test matches — the Indian team was advertised by the Australian press as a beacon of hope for the newly independent and recently partitioned country.
- When India played Britain in the hockey finals at Wembley Stadium before some 10,000 spectators on August 12 — just three days before India’s second Independence Day — neither the persistent wet weather nor a muddy ground could stop the Indian team.
- The pinnacle of Indian football was perhaps reached at the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta, where India won its second football gold medal but against a much stronger field than in the 1951 Asiad.
- It was only in cricket, where India were also-rans earlier, that the Indian performance brought occasional cheer.
- Even as cricket gained in popularity, the Indian team won major trophies and India became the de facto headquarters of world cricket, India’s performance in other sports was tardy.