Same teams but not the Cricket, Same teams but not the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Same team but not the final. It is the Hockey World League Semifinal between India vs Pakistan. Whereas, maximum of the eyes are waiting for the Cricket than the Indian National game, hockey.
Whatever, when these two countries meet each other in any game, the expectation level will be increased. It is a big story which involved lots of secrets behind two countries politically. But, it is the Sports. Even though, the leaders will speak out about their countries win after the games. Let see the statistics and Live Streaming updates of the India vs Pakistan Hockey World League Semifinal.
First time in the history of sports, India and Pakistan will clash in two world events in the same city, London.
India vs Pakistan hockey match is set to begin at 6.30 pm IST, 2 pm BST, 6 pm Pakistan time, 9 am ET.
The Indian Cricket team Captain Virat Kohli wished the hockey team luck, former striker Jugraj Singh, a member of Hockey India’s coaching staff, said: “We are aware of India’s cricket final but we want to focus on our match.”
Also, he added that the India vs Pakistan games is for the public. “As players, we prefer to treat this like a normal match and not get over-excited by the occasion.”
Pakistan have slipped in the FIH rankings and languish at 13. India have risen in the same period at 6. They have had some good results too, winning gold in the Asian Champions Trophy and bronze in the FIH Hockey World League and the Champions Trophy.
In this tournament, India played well in their quarters. SV Sunil, Sardar Singh, Ramandeep Singh and more others performed well in their previous matches. The head Indian Hockey team coach Roelant Oltmans also expressed his thought about the Semifinal match between India vs Pakistan.
As mentioned above, the Pakistan placed at the 13th world ranking position. So, the opponent of Semifinal is seven steps greater than the Pakistan. Also, the Pakistan lost their game against Canada recently without scoring any goals, 6-0. But, India won against Canada, 3-0. India also won against Scotland with India trailing 1-0 at halftime, the final result is 4-1.
All these statistics are showing that the Indian Hockey team can able to beat Pakistan. though, India will need to be at present their best.
Watch Star Sports 2 and Star Sports HD2 TV Channels in India. Also, watch free live streaming online on Hotstar. In the UK, BT Sport providing the live streaming of this match.