India and Pakistan played out a 2-2 draw, a massive disappointment for India, who were expected to romp to an easy win owing to Pakistan’s recent poor form.
Pakistan coach Roelant Oltmans, who spent four years with the Indian team after being appointed High Performance Director in 2013 and then moving into a senior coaching role, gave a wry smile when asked how it felt to beat a team he previously coached.
Oltmans said he was pleased with the way the Pakistan team held its nerves and converted a penalty corner in the dying seconds to snatch a draw.
“India punished our mistakes very well. But I think we were not too bad either,” he said, highlighting the lack of expected gulf in the quality of the two sides today.
When he was asked whether the Indians had a bad day at work, Oltmans seemed quite flustered and stated, “I don’t know. I don’t know whether they had a good day or a bad day. They obviously made a few mistakes.”
He also rejected the view that his long stint with the Indian team gives him the edge while coaching against the side.
“Of course it helps knowing India but I analyse every opponent,” Oltmans said. “At halftime we were 2-nil down but we had our opportunities and told our boys we had to continue; I was sure we could keep pressure on them and we got quite a number of penalty corners.”