Indian hockey team brought up yet another victory in the Hockey World League semifinals after defeating arch-rivals Pakistan 7-1.
India displayed a strong all-around performance and Akashdeep Singh was the star of the show as he scored a brace.
With this resounding win over arch- rivals Pakistan, India has now won three games on the trot.
Against Canada they secured a brilliant win and before that India registered another dominating performance when they hammered Scotland 4-1.
Ramandeep Singh had scored twice in India’s win with Akashdeep Singh and Harmanpreet Singh grabbing the other two goals.
Meanwhile, after this win, India will go on to the next round with supreme confidence.
Apart from the brace from Akashdeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Talwinder Singh also scored braces for their side.
India hockey team wears black arm bands vs Pakistan condemning attacks on soldiers
The Indian team wore black arm bands condemning the recent attacks on Indian soldiers along the Jammu and Kashmir border.
This is not the first time that a hockey team player has expressed displeasure and sadness at the lives lost in the valley.
India’s usual keeper but currently injured PR Sreejesh had dedicated the team’s 2016 Champions Trophy title to the soldiers.
There India had beaten Pakistan in the final.
“The players of the Indian hockey teams have always shown tremendous belief and support for the Indian Armed Forces who guard the safety of our nation. They are proud of the nation’s soldiers and are often inspired by their dedication and sacrifice. As sportsmen, the Indian hockey teams have always shown solidarity and compassion towards the soldiers and have often dedicated their victories to the Indian Army. Today, the team strongly felt the need to condole the recent attacks carried out in Jammu & Kashmir where Indian soldiers lost their lives. It was a unanimous decision to wear black arm bands to condole these deaths and they wish for peace to prevail in the state of Jammu & Kashmir,” stated Secretary General of Hockey India Mohd Mustaque Ahmad in a statement.
With the win, India are now top of Pool B with three wins in three matches.