They are also ranked no. 4 in the world while India are two places below at sixth.
This was evident from last night as the Hockey India team won in convincing style against Pakistan at the Hero Men's Hockey World Semi Final in London. While beating Scotland 4-1 and Canada 3-0 fuelled India's start at the tournament, it was the 7-1 win against Pakistan on Sunday that brought jubilation back home among the Indian sports buffs.
Celebrations erupted in Pakistan after a memorable win over their arch rivals and while some of them were heart-warming to see, the celebratory messages by the Pakistan Army personnel Major General Asif Ghafoor left a bad taste.
According to the skipper, India's conversion rate in field goals is now "well above 30 per cent" which is what the team was vying for. Prior to that India had won two consecutive games in 2015 and 2014. Pardeep Mor (49th) too contributed a goal for India.
The lone goal for Pakistan came through Umar Bhutta three minutes from the hooter when the contest was already lost. The effort resulted in winning a penalty corner in the opening minute of the match. Pakistan could manage to score only one consolation goal.
"We scored some great goals today and when we score the type of goals that we did today, that is what makes a coach happy".
India will next play The Netherlands tomorrow. They were calm in their pursuit, rotating the ball with disciplined passes and good man-to-man marking that helped defend their score.
Addressing the pre-match press conference, Kohli said he had never tried his hand at hockey but is confident that the Indian team will come out with flying colours.
The Hockey World League Semi-Finals is the third round of the Hockey World League. Three minutes later, Talwinder was it again as he smartly flicked a ball past Ali and even though the decision was referred, replays validated that it was a legitimate goal.
Where can I follow the India vs Pakistan hockey match online? "We played well in first two quarter but were a bit unlucky to convert chances in the third and fourth quarter, credit must go to the Canadian goalkeeper for coming up with good saves".
"The players of the Indian hockey teams have always shown tremendous belief and support for the Indian Armed Forces who guard the safety of our nation".