As the Hockey World Cup is all set to start in Bhubaneswar on November 28, the Indian team who are the joint winners in the Asian Championship Trophy are all ready to face the war.
Despite the huge pressure mounting on the team, Captain Manpreet Singh is confident of his crew good enough to beat any teams in the competition. Playing a big match in the home turf invites a lot of expectations and the huge crowd support should surely motivate the hosts to reclaim their position in the global order.
While there is a significant buzz around India, teams like Australia, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands will be the ones trying to prove, once again, their supremacy over the Championship.
Australia, the defending champions are predictably the team to beat again and have quite the potential of reclaiming their crown. Pool A, sees the Olympic Champions Argentina as the major player to top the group although their Champions Trophy performance couldn’t reach the bar.
India in Pool C will surely face a tough match against the Olympic Games silver medallist Belgium even though Team India in the recent Champions Trophy retained the Silver and won the Asian Champions Trophy.
With a hockey stick in their hands and ‘India’ flashing proudly on their jerseys, as 18 of the county’s most skillful players enter the ground; we can surely wish them a chance to get India back on the World Cup podium.