Virat Kohli wishes Indian hockey team ahead of HWL clash against Pakistan

Virat Kohli wishes Indian hockey team ahead of HWL clash against Pakistan

Team India made an impressive comeback after trailing 0-1 against Scotland and went on to win 4-1 after a flurry of goals by Ramandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh and Harmanpreet Singh.

It was the second consecutive win for India in the Pool B, which the men in blue leads.

Sunday's match could, according to some estimates, attract a global television audience of a billion and Arthur was in no doubt of the significance of a win over India.

However, India can not take this match lightly, because as they have found out in the past, this Pakistan hockey team have a habit of raising their game against their biggest rivals.

What that result showed was how far Pakistan have slumped in world hockey, with their world ranking now at 13, two slots below the Canadians and seven below their opponents on Sunday India. Ramandeep Singh and Sardar Singh combined well to charge into the rival circle.

Miandad gave a 50-50 chance to both teams to winning the final.

The second game was more comfortable, with India, this time, locking the match up in the first two quarters.

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India captain Manpreet Singh expressed his thoughts after the Scotland match, "We knew we didn't start well".

"Global terrorists Hafiz Saeed, Abdul Rehman Makki and others of JuD are openly engaged in these activities apart from funeral prayers for terrorists who are sent to India to attack security forces and are killed, but Pakistan has allowed them to continue their activities", a senior home ministry official said. Pakistan came into that game having lost three of their first four matches, including an 8-2 defeat to England, but wound up 4-3 winners in an end-to-end encounter.

His comments came barely a few days after Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel had similarly ruled out the possibility of a bilateral cricket tourney with Pakistan.

India won the game today, but coach Oltmans would be worrying about his team's poor conversion rate from penalty corners.

Now, with left-arm paceman Mohammad Amir returning to the side after a back spasm ruled him out of the England match, Arthur believes there will be no repeat of their woeful pool showing against India when the latest edition of world cricket's most high-profile contest takes place in London. Expect them to play not just with skill, but also enough physicality to draw a reaction from the Indians.

Hockey viewers can watch Hockey World League 2017 live streaming online of semifinals through various sites. I know there are people that expect the team and myself to do well every time that we play, but I understand as a player and as a person that it's not possible. Other Asian teams like Malaysia, Korea and even China are looking very impressive in London, which could make winning the Asia Cup in Bangladesh this year - where the champion gets a direct entry to the World Cup - a hard task for Pakistan.

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