‘Don’t want to disappoint our soldiers by losing to Pakistan’ says Indian hockey captain PR Sreejesh


Post the terror attack in Uri, there is tremendous tension not just at the India-Pakistan border but also in both countries. The captain of the Indian men's hockey team PR Sreejesh on Wednesday talked up his team's match against Pakistan at next month's Asian Champions Trophy, stating that they did not want to "disappoint our soldiers by losing", according to media report. 

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"India-Pakistan match brings a lot of excitement to the table. We want to give hundred per cent. We don't want to disappoint our soldiers by losing, especially when they sacrifice their lives in the exchange of fire at the borders," Sreejesh told media.

The celebrated goal-keeper also added that Pakistan are playing low-grade hockey at the moment.

"They are now playing totally a lower-grade hockey. That is what I feel. But they (Pakistan) have a strong mental attitude. They can beat any team anytime. That is their specialty. We are better placed than Pakistan as we have been playing against top teams around the world. Pakistan on the other hand failed to qualify for the Olympics for the first time in their history," Sreejesh further added.

India will take on Pakistan on October 23 in their round-robin match in the tournament to be played among the top six teams in the continent.