According to estimates by the All India Gaming Federation (AIGF), around Rs 2,000 crore will be wagered on the match, that will start on Sunday afternoon at 3 pm. It is noteworthy to mention here that the Champions Trophy was inaugurated with an Indo-Pak match that the men-in-blue won.
"Dhoni and some other cricketers have sent their best wishes to the hockey team and we have done the same", said Manpreet.
At the pre-match press conference, Kohli enthused, "I have played with the synthetic hockey balls indoors but have never tried hockey".
That mantra worked for him when he downed world number one South Africa, and then Sri Lanka in their Group B. But as former Indian captain Sardar Singh said, "If we play with control and not get involved in the hype that surrounds the match, we should look at a positive result".
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He shot a scorching 55.6 percent from the field, 47.4 percent from the 3-point line and 92.7 percent from the free-throw line. Whatever it is, the big-money contract will be a hefty raise from the $12 million he earned on the way to a 16-1 postseason.
In the 42nd minute, a clever-thinking Sunil appealed for video referral that saw India win their first penalty of the match. Even as Canada struggled to find an opportunity to score, Indian defenders were up to the task to keep them at bay.
India have had a wonderful run in the Champions Trophy which is presently being staged in England and Wales. It could make history at The Oval.
Tackling the extreme hype surrounding the cricket match, he insisted, "We haven't spoken about this game in any different way". There's no overexcitement. People are just doing the normal things that they do in any practice session. "The more relaxed you stay in these kind of situations, it's a good thing, because it helps you take better decisions when you are composed and calm mentally, and you can help the team come out of hard situations only if you're thinking in that fashion".
Scotland captain Chris Grassic gave his team the lead in the seventh minute to put India under early pressure. But isolation has stymied Pakistan.
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"Let's hope we can put out our A game again tomorrow", he said, "because if we can, and I said it before the England game, if we put our A game together and do the basics well, we can beat anybody".
India will take on Pakistan at London's Lee Valley Hockey Centre.
Responding to question in the press conference, the BJP president said, "Should India stop playing at global cricket tournaments now?"
June 18, 2017 (Sunday) has gained special significance in the annals of Pakistan sports as its national hockey and cricket teams will be up against traditional rivals India in London on the day.
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India has won the Champions Trophy twice and the Cricket World Cup twice, but never successfully defended a title. But Kohli, understandably confident in his own team added: "I don't know there's much that we need to change.