The world’s top six teams play in the Champions Trophy and this time Olympic champion Argentina, the world’s number one team is playing Australia, Belgium, host Netherlands, India and Pakistan.
Behind the disappointment of poor performances in the Commonwealth Games, the Indian hockey team will launch their campaign against rival Pakistan today (June 23) with the intention of making their title for the first time in the Champions Trophy. Asian champion India has not won any Champions Trophy so far in 36 times and this time would like to achieve this feat during the last season of the tournament. The Indian team’s best performance was in 2016 when they won silver in Australia by losing in a shootout.
Eight-time Olympic champion Indian team finished fourth in the Commonwealth Games after a disappointing performance. After this, instead of Shard Marin of the Netherlands, Harendra Singh was made the coach of the men’s team, while Marin returned to the women’s team.
The world’s top six teams play in the Champions Trophy and this time Olympic champion Argentina, the world’s number one team is playing Australia, Belgium, host Netherlands, India and Pakistan. India will play today from Pakistan, after which Argentina (June 24), Australia (June 27), Belgium (June 28) and the Netherlands (June 30) will compete.
India is ranked sixth in the world rankings and Pakistan is in 13th position, but the matches of both sides are equal in the face-to-face bouts. Based on the results of the past few years, however, India’s margins will be huge.
India defeated Pakistan in the Asian Champions Trophy 2016 finals, after which they defeated them in the 2017 Hockey World League semi-finals in London and defeated them in Asia Cup in Dhaka, winning the title ten years later.
Under the guidance of former India coach and high-performance manager Roelant Oltmans, Pakistan stopped India in the Commonwealth Games. It will be a real challenge for Harendra’s Asian Games and World Cup, which will be the senior team coach for the third time.
He said, “It is important to start with the win because the goal is fixed. Emotion will be restrained before the match against Pakistan. We will play it like the other teams. “In the Gold Coast, India had given the opportunity to youngsters like Sir Sardar Singh, but Harendra was not in the mood to do any experiment and selected the team based on performance in the national camp.
Match time (Indian time): India vs Pakistan – 5:30 pm
Live telecast: The live stream will be on Star Sports-1 and Star Sports- HD1.
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