The second Hero Hockey India League, which showcases the World’s best players, opened this week in a dazzling ceremony in front of thousands of hockey fans and was beamed live around the Globe.
It may not have been as glitzy as the opening ceremony of the London Olympics but this competition in only its second season has already caught the attention of the hockey fraternity.
Last season more than 69 million fans across the world watched the inaugural tournament and it was televised in 146 countries; this year the organisers are hoping to attract even more spectators.
It is played in stadiums with a capacity of up to nearly 20,000 spectators - attendances that would be the envy of many a football or rugby club.
Every game is televised live to an Indian audience of millions and can also be streamed live to every hockey playing country.
Ulster’s Mark Gleghorne has already produced a piece of magic when he scored for Dabur Mumbai Magicians in their opening game against Jayee Ounjab Warriors, but unfortunately they lost 5-3.
Gleghorne is also playing along side Irish international goalkeeper David Harte and you can read Harte’s Indian experience on the Irish Hockey Association website.
Gleghorne will be up against another Ulsterman today, when the Magicians play Uttar Pradesh Wizzards, who include Iain Lewers in their team. Lewers’ Wizzards, got off to a win in their opening game against Ranchi Rhinos.
You can catch all the action at www.league.hockeyindia.org.