Muscat: Another blockbuster match between the two hockey rivals of Asian hockey, India and Pakistan, every time, in which India started the win by defeating Pakistan 3-1 in one-sided match. Last champion India defeated host Oman 11-0 to make a grand start of its campaign. Although India has so far lost its title in the Jakarta Games in Jakarta recently.
The Indian team was in the semi-finals of the Asian Games and had to satisfy the bronze medal. India defeated Pakistan 2-1 in the bronze medal match. The Asian Games semi-finals are still on the mind of Indian players and this is what coach Harendra Singh also believes. But he is forgetting that defeat and focusing on the tournament and the World Cup in India in November.
Harendra said on Friday on the eve of the match against Pakistan - the real tournament for us is going to start on Saturday against Pakistan. After the defeat of the Asiad semi-final, the team mood was not good at the next few days. The men struggled to win gold in the Asian Games were thrilled in the minds of the players. But we can not always go ahead by thinking about the old things.
"Our focus is now only on this tournament. The team has started well and in our first encounter, eight of our players have scored against Oman. Winning the title in this tournament can strengthen the team's morale for the World Cup, which is now just a month away. This tournament is very close to the World Cup and we need competitive matches. This tournament definitely will benefit us.
Dilpreet Singh, a 18-year-old youth player who played against hatred against Oman, said, "This is my first Man of the Match award which will inspire me to do better. Against Pakistan, we will play this strategy and would like to start a good start in the first quarter, which we could not do against Oman. India played the first quarter-round against Oman and then scored four goals in the second quarter. India won 7 matches in the remaining two quarters to win the match 11-0.