India will be meeting world class opponents at the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. India’s men’s squad has improved during the last four years. The home crowd advantage and two podium finishes could play a role in boosting the squad’s confidence in the contest.
Key Points :
- The draw ceremony for the four pools of the upcoming FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar is complete.
- World rank 5 and host India are gearing up to take on its competitors in Pool D, where they will be playing England. Two times silver medalist and World rank 8 Spain and England, world rank 6, are in the same pool.
- Wales will be making a debut in the World Cup and will be playing Pool D.
- India, Australia, Belgium and Netherlands were placed on the first row of their Pools. This is based on their FIH World Rankings as on 1st June, 2022.
- Belgium had defeated the Netherlands in the final of the 2018 edition of the World Cup.
- There is much heat in Pool B, where reigning World Champions Belgium, at world rank 2, have Germany, Korea and Japan competing.
- Pool A has Australia, world rank 1, meeting Argentina, France and South Africa.
- Pool C will see Netherlands as group head pitted against New Zealand, Malaysia, and Chile making the first entry to the World Cup arena.
- Matches will be held at the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela, and the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
- For India, the challenge in their Pool will be Spain. Their squad is an improving one.
- Men’s hockey team chief coach Graham Reid has said that “staying in the moment will be key to the home team’s success.” Staying in the moment, it should be for the Indian squad.
- European pride could come to test the Indian men’s squad after maintaining the pace and consistency at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.