LAHORE - Olympian M Saqlain has said that Pakistan hockey team has psychological edge over India due to their recent triumph over the arch-rivals in the Asian Games and also has a better head-to-head record against them.

The green shirts had beaten India 1-0 to clinch the gold medal in the Asian Games in February this year. “Pakistan-India clash is always a pressure game and if green shirts handle the pressure and utilize their skills accordingly, they will manage to outclass India,” said Saqlain while talking to this scribe from Ipoh, Malaysia.

He said that Pakistan team had also been leading with big margin in the head-to-head record (82-52). “The things are in favour of Pakistan team, so if the men in green play out their heart and deliver in the ground, no one can stop them from scoring an impressive victory against Indian team.”

“For me, Pakistan team is favourite and I want it to make the day historical for the entire nation, which always keeps on praying for the national hockey team. My prayers are also with the men in green and I hope they will make the day memorable with crucial triumph,” Saqlain added.