Gold Coast (April 07, 2018): In the 21st Commonwealth games men’s hockey competition at Gold Coast in Australia, Pakistan will take on arch rival India today.
Arch-rivals Pakistan and India will clash at the 2018 Commonwealth Games today and the former team’s captain Mohammad Rizwan says they will put on their best show against the Men in Blue.Pakistan, under the supervision of former India coach Roelant Oltmans, are confident of upstaging the sixth-ranked team.
Earlier in the event on Thursday, Pakistan could only pull off a 1-1 draw against a lowly-ranked Wales side, but captain Rizwan is hopeful of a better showing against India.Pakistan and India have faced each other 52 times and the former have won on 25 occasions, while India ran away with only 16 wins. Eleven of those encounters ended in a draw.
Pakistan have scored 124 goals against India in the 52 matches, while the latter could manage only 104 goals. In the most recent outing, Pakistan lost 3-1 to India in the Asia Cup last year in October.
“Whenever it is India, the energy and motivation level of each and every player is at its peak,” said Rizwan.
Pakistani Squad :
Muhammad Rizwan Senior (Captain), Imran Butt, Mazhar Abbas, M Irfan Senior, Tazeemul Hassan, Mubashar Ali, Faisal Qadir, Tauseeq Arshad, Tasawwar Abbas, Abubakr Mahmood, M Irfan Junior, Shafqat Rasool, Dilber, Ateeq Arshad, Ali Shan, Arslan Qadir and Rana Sohail.
GK – P.R. Sreejesh, Suraj KarkeraRupinder Pal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Kothajit Singh Kadangbam, Gurinder Singh, Amit Rohidas, Manpreet Singh (Captain), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (VC), Sumit, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Akashdeep Singh, S.V. Sunil, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Dilpreet Singh.