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Grit And Glory

The Indian juggernaut rolls on, now with a rare win over Pakistan More Coverage

Grit And Glory
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Never mind what they say: inanities like "It's just another match", or "We will play our best". The fact remains that an India-Pakistan match, no matter what the sport, is a special and emotional moment for every sportsman on either side of the border. A win is to be cherished lifelong and a defeat, like a nightmare, can never be expunged from consciousness. Chetan Sharma will live with the memory of having been smacked for a last-ball six by Javed Miandad in Sharjah in 1986; and goalkeeper Mir Ranjan Negi will, for the rest of his life, cringe everytime the 1-7 loss in the 1982 Asian Games hockey final is mentioned.

Yet, the arch-rivals share an amazing relationship off the hockey field. Dhanraj Pillay, 35, considers Sohail Abbas as one of his good friends, but once they take the field they are bitter rivals for those 70 minutes. Former India captain Pargat Singh and Pillay still rate India's 5-2 win over Pakistan at the 1995 South Asian Games as one of the high points of their career. Pillay can now add one more to the list after Wednesday's 3-2 win over Pakistan in the...
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