The Pakistani hockey team was delighted to find the Indian fans supporting them in their World Cup Pool B match against Spain at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Pakistan's veteran player Sohail Abbas said it was a great feeling and he and his teammates felt that they were playing in Lahore or Karachi. Sohail made the comment after his team's 2-1 victory over the Spaniards.
"After a long time, we found some crowd support in India. It was a great feeling and we felt as if we are playing in Lahore or Karachi," said the star dragflicker.
Having lost their first match to India, the win against Spain has brightened Pakistan’s hopes of fighting for a semi-final berth from their pool.
“The pool has opened now and after Australia’s loss to England in the first game, it seems that every team has a chance of making the semis,” he said.
The veteran defender went on to add that Pakistan were taking one game at a time and will quickly put this victory behind them.
“We will put this victory behind us and prepare for the next match. We are not thinking of the semi-final or the final. We are taking one game at a time,” he said.