India-Pakistan fight to ensure hockey WC success: Rajpal

KARACHI: India hockey team captain Rajpal Singh said the initial showdown between Pakistan and India will play a significant role in making the World Cup successful, Geo News reported Sunday.

Talking to Geo News, Rajpal said the face-off between the two neighbouring countries is always very tough; accordingly, it is not easy to pinpoint the favourite team in the event.

Indian side does have the home advantage; but, the pressure of fighting the traditional rivals is definitely there, he said.

Sohail Abbas and Rehan Butt may be dangerous from Pakistani side, he added.