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Super Sunday: World Cup Winning Coach Harendra Singh Can't Wait to Watch India Clash Against Pakistan

Former India hockey player Harendra Singh was quoted as saying by a website that hype around these matches are created by the fans and media.

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Updated:June 17, 2017, 3:35 PM IST
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Super Sunday: World Cup Winning Coach Harendra Singh Can't Wait to Watch India Clash Against Pakistan
Former India hockey player Harendra Singh was quoted as saying by a website that hype around these matches are created by the fans and media.

If you have plans for Sunday with your friends or family, you still have time to cancel them. Yes, a few of your friends or family members might just get upset if you do not turn up for pre-scheduled plans. But then, it cannot get bigger than this Sunday if you are a sports aficionado.

Two epic clashes are lined up as Virat Kohli and boys take on Pakistan in the final of the Champions Trophy at the Oval while the Indian and Pakistani hockey teams will also be crossing swords in the Hockey World League (HWL) semi-finals.

Former India hockey player Harendra Singh was quoted as saying by a website that hype around these matches are created by the fans and media. Harendra — who was the coach of the junior team which clinched the world cup last year — was part of many Ind-Pak clashes during his time.

"It is the fans and the media who hype up these games and the rivalry. For the players and coaches, it is just another match, or atleast we try to keep it that way as much as possible," Harendra told Sportskeeda.

But the Dronacharya awardee also mentioned that the players do feel the pressure ahead of these matches.

"The pressure is there on both teams. The players in the Pakistan team have an equal amount of expectation and baggage from back home, if not more," Harendra said.

"Not just for the players, these matches are a matter of prestige for the officials too. If you ask an umpire in hockey or in cricket which match do they like officiating the most, I am sure they will say India and Pakistan.” he added.

"We still get to hear things like ‘it is okay if you lose all your matches but win against Pakistan’, but now people have realised that the tournament is much more important than one single match. However, the rivalry remains a source of motivation on both sides, which makes the matches between the two countries special," he concluded.

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| Edited by: Pratik Sagar
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