It’s Super Saturday at the Commonwealth Games 2018 at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre. The field is packed with players who rank among the nation’s best.
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.
Once again fans are waiting with expectation. As India and Pakistan start their meet head to head today, here are few of the players to watch out for.
P.R. Sreejesh: This Indian hockey goalkeeper once evoked strong reactions when he said his “blood boils” when he plays Pakistan. Watch out for his goalkeeping skills as they might prove to be the difference in the high-profile encounter on April 7. The goalkeeper, returning from injury, will have a lot to prove to himself and will look to kickstart his team’s campaign on a high.
S.V. Sunil: Known as Usain Bolt of Indian hockey for his speed. and nthe one to shy down from responsibility, Sunil revels under responsibility and will be a crucial factor if India are to win this match.
Manpreet Singh: The Indian captain is the most versatile player in the team and holds key to the midfield. His crafty passes and clever stickwork makes him a vital link between in the centre and could well define how India pace the game.
Imran Butt Goalkeepers are essential to a team’s success and Pakistan custodian Imran Butt will know this well. A shrewd customer under the bar, Butt will be keen to better his record against India and will have to be at his best to stop India’s striking trio. The commonwealth games is a comeback for Imran after being dropped due to disciplinary action in the past.
Ammad Shakeel Butt : The six feet one inch tall defender will be key to Pakistan’s plans if they are to stop India’s experienced attack line. Butt is agile in the defence and has the ability to block forwards with good intercepting skills. Butt also serviced for Terengganu at the Malaysia Hockey league this year.
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The Pakistan captain has been a constant force in their ranks with experience of over 125 matches. The left-in, who recently returned from his stint in Europe club hockey, will look to lead the team by example and his speedy forays are something India will have to watch out for.