India, Nov. 9 -- Is there any other single skill that has influenced the game of modern hockey more than the drag-flick?

This high-speed, high-octane method of smashing in goals from penalty corners (PCs), introduced by Australian Jay Stacy in the late 1980s, rapidly established itself as the most successful way of scoring in the game.

Less than a decade after Stacy introduced the skill, the drag-flick was responsible for almost half of all goals scored at the 1998 men's World Cup. By then, teams around the world had begun to introduce at least one dedicated drag-flicker in the squad.

The top scorers in hockey are all PC specialists with Pakistan's Sohail Abbas leading the list with 348 goals. The drag-flicker became a cult-like figure...