Today we will see the final conclusion of this India vs Pakistan Champions Trophy rubber match as once again they'll be locking horns but this time for the Champions Trophy. India opened their Champions Trophy campaign with a spectacular win versus Pakistan who at that time seem destined to be out of the competition. But fortunes favored the brave and Pakistan's bravery was on display vs Sri Lanka and later on England as they dug in and found that spark which reignited their Champions Trophy ambitions.
India, on the other hand, were the second favorite team after England thanks to their power packed line up and Virat Kohli would settle for nothing less than his maiden ICC accolade as a captain. But we Indians, keeping the hype and magnitude of the match we are about to witness in mind, have forgotten something which should not be forgotten.
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As portrayed in the famous India vs Pakistan commercial, all the materialistic benefits in life can be left one side and the India – Pakistan rivalry one side, such is the magnitude of rivalry between the two nations. And the entire nation comes to a standstill when India and Pakistan meet in a cup final. But all of us Indians should do this during the innings break. Click next to know more.
It's not just the Indian Cricket team in London but also the Indian Hockey team! But no, they aren't there to watch the finale at The Oval.
They have their own purpose. The Indian Hockey Team have a match to play and it's just not another match, it's the semifinals of the Hockey World League. Yes, we Indians are guilty of not knowing that our nation in our national sport is in the semifinals against these bitter rivals.
It's not just The Oval that'll be witnessing the India-Pakistan blockbuster but at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London too! But how can we watch hockey when there's a Champions Trophy final going on?
The match between India and Pakistan in Hockey is scheduled to start at 6:30 PM IST which happens to be right around the innings break timings of the India vs Pakistan finale. But we can understand why one doesn't want to watch hockey between a huge cricket match so it's our humble plea that you should watch the game during the innings break. But why?
While we fuss about cricket, sometimes sensationalizing even the minute of things, we ignore the fact that our national pride doesn't even get the slightest of attention. So watch it because...
Just like Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli etc are our national heroes so are Sandeep Singh and Sardara Singh and they deserve all the applause for that. It's easy to sit in a chair and overlook their contributions but it's entirely different thing to play for the pride of his/her nation irrespective of the sport. So watch it because they are representing our nation. But moreover, watch because these players inspire us to the core.
Not all superheroes wear capes, Sandeep Singh, the ex-Indian hockey player who was once hit by an accidental gunshot in Shatabdi Express in 2006 which almost paralyzed him, fought his demons and came back, scoring the maximum number of goals in 2009 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. Do it because we don't build temples around hockey players and yet this player's story to play for his nation is nothing short of heroic.
We cannot help them financially but that doesn't mean that we should totally turn a blind eye towards them so just like cricketers, they also deserve your attention.
While cricketers are on blockbuster contracts ranging from 5-8 Cr per annum, Hockey players lead a very modest life compared to the cricketers, the winning sum of the tournament can change their lives and it's sometimes sad to see the gulf between the two sports.
This goes without saying, you can leave India but India will never leave you. Watch the match because you are an Indian and you'll love to see our nation boasting a historic double over Pakistan on a single day.
One cup, two nations, two venues, four teams, 44 players, so are you ready?