Vastavam web: Veteran Pakistan goalkeeper Imran Butt has accepted that India have an edge going into the mouth-watering clash between the arch-rivals in the Commonwealth Games here tomorrow.Definitely India will have an edge as they have been playing a lot of hockey. Indian hockey is growing and so is its performance. But you can never predict the outcome of an India-Pakistan match as five minutes can change the whole scenario. It can be anybody’s game then, Butt told Bhasha over phone from Gold Coast.
It will be a contest of how well you cope up with the pressure of this big encounter. Which ever team will control emotions and do not succumb to the pressure, will win. There will be counter to counter hockey and both the teams will have additional motivation to win, said the goalkeeper who is making a comeback in the team.Their last Commonwealth Games face-off happened in the 2010 Delhi edition where Indian won 7-2.Imran is confident that tomorrow’s match will not be a one-side affair in favour of India.
I can only say that it is no way going to be a one sided match. It will be the best match of CWG . Although our target is not CWG and we are preparing for Asian Games so that we can qualify for Olympics. We will play India in the first match of Champions Trophy also so CWG will be a learning experience for our team, he said.Roelant has been with Indian hockey for a long time and has given his services to Pakistan hockey in the past. He has vast knowledge of Asian teams and he is in process of rebuilding the structure of our hockey, he said.He also opined that playing each other early in the tournament will benefit both the teams.