During a media interaction after the game against Chandigarh Comets,Chennai Cheetahs Imran Warsi seemed a touch unsure as he tried to answer questions posed to him in English. This was the only moment at the Sector-42 stadium when Warsi wasnt his confident self. Warsi scored a hat-trick to steer Chennai to a easy 5-3 victory over Chandigarh Comets. All three of Warsis goals came through penalty-corner conversions.
Over the years Warsi has been looked upon as a successor to Sohail Abbas,the ace Pakistan drag-flicker. He has proved valuable at the international level and at the World Series of Hockey he showed the same intensity that he has displayed when playing for Pakistan.
I have always admired Sohail bhai and learned a lot from him just by looking at his game. He considers me as his younger brother and it would be a proud moment for me if I could do even the half of what he has done for the country. He is a legend, said the Karachi born player.
Warsi repaid the faith coach Jose Brasa had in him. At the moment Warsi is one of the best drag flickers and I am sure he will be on par with Abbas one day, Brasa said.
Warsi took the ariel route to beat the keeper to score his first goal of the day in the fifth minute. Every time the ball was fed to him Warsi looked dangerous. Adam Sinclair struck a field goal in the 10th minute to give Chennai a 2-0 lead and Warsi made it 3-0 by the 24th minute. Though Chandigarh fought back with goals from Ramandeep Singh and Rehan Butt they were never able to equalise in the game. Warsi completed his hat-trick in the 40th minute.
Big win for Punjab
Sher-e-Punjab scored an emphatic 6-1 victory over Karnakata Lions for their second win a row,despite a barren first-quarter in their World Series Hockey match in Jalandhar. With penalty corner experts in veteran Harpal Singh and Harpreet Singh,Punjab scored at will and did not allow the Lions to settle into a rhythm.
In the first quarter,though they came under constant attack,the Karnataka defenders managed to prevent a goal from being scored. Incidentally,Karnataka opened the scoring in the 16th minute through Vinayak Bijwad but Mandeep Antil,Tariq Aziz,Gagan Ajit Singh,Harpal Singh,Harpreet Singh and Prabhjot Singh found the target for Punjab.