India powered past Pakistan 7-1 in the league game of the Hockey World League Semi-Final in London on Sunday to book their spot in the quarter-finals.In their match against Pakistan, the Indian team, led by midfielder Manpreet Singh including the Indian Team support staff, were seen wearing black arm bands to condole the deaths of martyrs in the recent attacks on the Indian Army.”We wore black arm bands to show our respect and love for the Indian Army. It was a team and Hockey India’s decision to wear black armbands on our left arms to condole the deaths of our martyrs. It shows how much we love our country and army which keeps us safe. This win is dedicated to all our martyrs and all our soldiers,” Indian team manager Jugraj Singh told Indian Today in an exclusive chat.Coach Roalant Oltmans said he was pleased as punch with the victory.”I am told it’s the highest win over Pakistan ever. I am pleased with the result,” Oltmans told India Today.Akashdeep Singh, Talwinder Singh and Harmanpreet Singh all three contributed with a brace while the other goal was scored by Pardeep Mor in the 49th minute of the game.The team faced Pakistan after two strong wins in their previous matches where they beat Scotland 4-1 and Canada 3-0 in the Pool B encounters.
After 44 days of cricket, we are just 2 days away from the much-awaited final of the World Cup. Be it England or New Zealand who win it on July 14 at Lord’s, one thing is sure, the game will have a new world champion.In all these days, we saw some unanticipated hits and some unexpected misses while we also saw those, who outlived the expectations.Making a comeback to the international cricket after a year-long ban, Australia opener David Warner impressed with his style. He was aggressive, throughout, as if he was there to prove a point. Shakib Al Hasan was a surprise package all together. Kane Williamson, as calm as monk, guided New Zealand to their second World Cup final with his brilliant batting. Mitchell Starc unleashed mayhem with his yorkers, while Jofra Archer proved his worth in his maiden World Cup appearance for England.A lot of them have impressed, but only one will take home the Player of the Tournament award. Here is a look at all those player who are in contention.Rohit SharmaWith 5 centuries in the World Cup 2019, Rohit Sharma is head and shoulders ahead of all other players in the race for Player of the Tournament. The India opener is the leading run scorer in the tournament with 648 runs in 9 matches at an average of 81 with a record 5 hundreds and one half-century. Rohit was only 27 runs short of surpassing legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who leads the list of batsmen with most runs in a single edition of the World Cup, but he managed just a single run as India’s campaign at the World Cup came to an end with a semi-final defeat against New Zealand.advertisement Mitchell StarcAustralia, on July 11, suffered their first semi-final defeat in a World Cup as hosts England crushed the five-time champions by 8 wickets with 107 balls to spare to reach their first World Cup final in 27 years.Though Australia’s World Cup journey has come to an end, but their Yorker-specialist Mitchell Starc remains the highest wicket-taker in the tournament. The Southpaw has picked 27 wickets in 10 innings at an economy of 5.43. Starc, also the Player of the Tournament in World Cup 2015, broke Glenn McGrath’s record for most wickets in a single edition of the showpiece event. The pacer also has two five-wicket hauls and two four-wicket hauls in this edition of the tournament to put a strong claim for his second Player of the World Cup award in succession.Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh failed to make it to the last four of the World Cup but their star performer and the best ranked all-rounder in the world, Shakib Al Hasan was in form of his life in the tournament. After being promoted to play at No. 3, Shakib ended a prolific World Cup 2019 with 606 runs, thus, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s record of maximum runs scored in the group stages of the tournament. Sachin had amassed 586 runs in the group stage of the 2003 World Cup. The left-hand batsman hammered 2 centuries and 6 half-centuries on the UK pitches.Not only Shakib showed his grace with the bat, but the all-rounder also impressed with his spin bowling. Shakib, playing in his 4th World Cup, picked 11 wickets for his side at an economy of 5.39. Thus, this complete Bangladesh player is very much in contention for the Player of the Tournament, unless the ICC jury is in a mood to not hand the award to a player belonging to the team that did not make it to the title contention.Joe RootJoe Root is the highest run-scorer for England with 549 runs from 10 innings. If Root gets another hundred when England play their first final in 27 years on July 14, he would become the leading run-scorer of the World Cup 2019. Thus far, he has 2 hundreds and 3 half-centuries at a strike rate of 92 and an average of 68.The World class batsman has already reached a milestone in this World Cup by becoming the first English player to amass 500-plus runs in a single edition of the tournament. Kane WilliamsonCalm and composed Kane Williamson guided New Zealand to their second consecutive World Cup final. Williamson spearheads the batting lineup for New Zealand and the Blackcaps relied heavily on their captain when it came to scoring runs with their openers having endured a horrific run.Williamson, who usually bats at No. 3 for his side, has bailed out New Zealand from the tricky situations almost single-handedly on numerous occasions. Six out of eight times, the captain has come in to play before the 5th over of the game to guide New Zealand to a fighting total or take his side home. Thus far, he has 548 runs, and if he gets another hundred-plus score in the World Cup 2019 final, he would finish as the top run scorer in the tournament.advertisementAlso See