India take on Pakistan in last tango at Champions Trophy
Breda (Netherlands): The Indian hockey team would begin its pursuit of a maiden Champions Trophy title, taking on arch-rivals Pakistan in the opening clash tomorrow. Asian champions India have never won the Champions Trophy in its last 36 editions but will be hoping to claim the feat in the tournament’s last edition.The best India have fared in the tournament was the runners-up finish at the 2016 event in London, losing to Australia in a shootout. India come into the tournament on the back of a disastrous campaign at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, where they finished fourth.The world’s best six teams compete in the Champions Trophy and this year’s line-up include reigning Olympics champions Argentina, world No. 1 Australia, Belgium, hosts Netherlands, Pakistan and India. India will open against Pakistan before taking on Argentina (June 24), Australia (June 27), Belgium (June 28) and the Netherlands (June 30). Even though India (sixth) are way ahead of Pakistan (13th) in the world rankings, there is hardly any gap between the two teams when it comes to the head-to-head contests.