KARACHI For Pakistan and India who ruled the world hockey for over six decades, final rankings at the 12th edition of World Hockey Cup at New Delhi was great disappointment. India failing at home before the supportive home crowd finished 8th. Pakistan which has won the coveted title four times, the most by one country, the final 12th ranking was insulting and did not truly reflect the real power of Pakistan hockey. But the two countries, after suffering almost the same fate at the world competition, are dealing with the situation differently. While Indians chose to be dignified to deal with the unexpected, the Pakistanis found the poor performance a time to settle scores. In Pakistan, the public is taking the setback quietly though hugely disappointed that the national team could not do well in the cup and that too on Indian soil. It is the electronic media, some former Olympians and a few Parliamentarians who felt that there was no other way to deal with the situation. The behaviour of these three entities are damaging the very core of Pakistan hockey. Since the day Pakistan lost to lowly-ranked Canada on sudden death goal in extra time to finish with wooden spoon, the media, particularly the electronic media, is painting doomsday scenario for Pakistan hockey. Setback in New Delhi, suddenly gave some dumb former Olympians voice and put life in them. They were cut up when Asif Bajwa got himself the job of PHF secretary through maneuvering and personal connection but they were helpless. Their protest earlier was silent but they were seething with anger inside. The World Cup debacle brought the lava on the surface. Even the Parliamentarians who hardly have ever looked at hockey before the World Cup, suddenly jumped into fray to get maximum limelight on the electronic media. Open public debate not caring for the consequences on hockey debacle would only hurt Pakistan hockey which is already standing on thin surface. With Commonwealth Games just 200 days away and Asian Games 241 days away, Pakistan hockey need soul searching and new bold strategy. Constantly slamming the team and the management could only demoralise those players who would be asked to bring honour at the above-mentioned two games. India is also fiercely debating the causes and reasons into the debacle but they are doing it with dignity. Commentators have seen Indias climb up three rungs as not too encouraging. Just one win over Pakistan and a hard-earned draw against South Africa. It has been only defeats beyond that, with three goals in half a jiffy by Argentina brutally exposing Indias frailties in the play-offs. They are asking what went wrong. Is its in tactics, strategy or in selection that India failed. A national selector did find fault with the selection process but said those errors had to be committed because there only was a handful of talented players around and there is sheer paucity of talent. It is frank admission of the national shortcoming. If that is not true why would India persist with 30-year-old Prabhjot Singh. Selectors wanted world class players for the event but the lot that appeared in trials was hardly inspiring. They had to settle for mediocre level players. India had more stalwarts than stallions in the Cup. Need of the time is to find good replacement soon. A mix and match here may see the Indian team post a rather healthy look. Teams performance was dissected and found that Defence was the weakest point of Indian team. Midfield did well and tried to cement the deep defence. Forward line, through talented had not enough air in their lungs to last for full seventy minutes. In penalty corners, India went into the World Cup with three specialists. But none of them made it count. The drag flicks were either anticipated or never came off. There were no variations despite having focused on them at the Pune camp. The experts finally came to the conclusion that fresh talent had to be groomed to form a strong development team. Australia have a development squad as good as their senior team. Dead wood had to be replaced with fresh legs. The Indian coach should interact with top coaches in the country and hold more clinics so that a uniform method of coaching is worked out. This will ensure that players chosen for the senior team will not have to go through the basics again.