In a shocking turn of events, it has been reported that a number of players of U-19 Hockey team of Bengal were forced to shave off their heads and go bald by their coach after he lost his cool following his team's defeat.
Following Bengal's 5-1 loss to Haryana in the quarterfinals of B division of the Hockey India Junior National Championship in Jabalur, team's coach Anand Kumar got so infuriated with his squad that he made then go bald, and despite the pleading of the players, clicked a group picture as part of the punishment.
One of the players of the team, who did not get his head shaved, told a newspaper that the coach was angry with the fact that his team did not play well, for which they had to face the ire of Kumar.
"As I refused, he called me indisciplined. He had suggested the same even after we had won our first match against Gujarat because he felt we didn't play well. After returning from Jabalpur, most of my teammates have shaved their heads. I haven't followed suit, and do not intend to do so," said the player, who did not wished to be named.
The coach, though, denied forcing his players to shave their heads, and instead stated that the players had themselves decided to go bald because they regretted their performance in the match.
"We were losing by three or four goals at halftime against Namdhari XI. I scolded the boys and, in anger, said I will have their heads tonsured. It was said in frustration. When I came to know some of the players have shaved their heads two days after coming back, I was surprised. I asked them and they said they did it out of repentance, since I had mentioned it to them," Anand Kumar told the newspaper.