The greatest rivalry between India & Pakistan will get unfold again at World Hockey League Semi-finals in London on 18th June .
The two teams will play at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in what has been dubbed as the ‘Super Sunday’ of the tournament. HWL, which takes place from 15 to 25 June 2017.
The tournament will play a big role for India as it will act as the World Cup Qualifier too. Team India is placed in Group B along with Canada, Scotland, Netherlands and Pakistan. India begin their campaign against Scotland on June 15
India’s second match will be against Canada on June 17, and the third match against Pakistan on June 18. They will then finally play World No.4 the Netherlands on June 20.
On June 9 India arrived at London for the much-awaited Hero World League Semifinal (Men) .
“We will also play two practice matches against Argentina and England. This will be a good opportunity for us to work on our challenges and focus areas of improvement identified whilst having played against Germany and Belgium. We cannot afford to miss out on goal scoring chances and we need to improve our conversion rate,” observed team captain Manpreet when asked about the tournament.
He added that the team’s goal would be to finish in the Top 2 in London where other high ranking teams like Argentina, Netherlands, England, Korea and Malaysia too will contest for top honours.
The game to be watch out will be India Vs Pakistan as both neighbouring countries
will be hoping to qualify for the Bhubaneswar HWL final later in 2017. India is number 6 in the World Rankings, whilst Pakistan are placed in 13th position
Emotions and sentiments will be running in full flow. For the players, it’s not just about being skillful, but also about controlling their nerves.
India Squad – (Goalkeepers) Akash Chikte, Vikas Dahiya; (Defenders) Pradeep Mor, Kothajit Singh, Surender, Kumar, Rupinderpal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh; (Midfielders) Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, S K Uthappa, Satbir Singh, Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, Harjeet Singh; (Forwards) Ramandeep Singh, SV Sunil, Talwinder Singh, Mandeep Singh Akashdeep Singh.
The live hockey match between India and Pakistan is scheduled for 6:30 pm IST. The FIH World League Semi-Final London 2017 will be broadcasted on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 1HD Hindi.