Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Hockey World Cup 2023: New-look India goals to kickstart marketing campaign with a win over Spain

When India regained an Olympic medal after 41 years in Tokyo, it re-ignited hopes {that a} World Cup medal too was not not possible. Loads has modified since then for and with the group — when it comes to personnel in addition to outcomes.

Runner-up on the 2022 Commonwealth Video games sounds good till one seems on the hammering by Australia within the closing. A 3rd-place end on the Asian Champions Trophy and the Asia Cup with largely younger and inexperienced squads meant whereas the bench was examined, the senior gamers needed to make do with the handful of Professional League video games for match follow.

Model new stadium

None of it will matter when India strains up towards Spain for its opening World Cup sport on the model new, still-getting-finishing-touches Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium right here on Friday. Just like the venue, the group could be raring for a contemporary begin.

It received’t be a simple outing, although. Spain is likely one of the youngest sides within the fray however with an astute coach seeking to construct a group for the longer term. India received the assembly on the Tokyo Olympics, however since then the groups have shared honours within the final 4 Professional League video games — all in Bhubaneswar. For a group that historically tends to start out sluggish and steadily picks up momentum, India should fireplace from the start right here.

In captain Alvaro Iglesias, Enrique Gonzalez and Argentine import Joaquin Menini, Spain has the expertise and in Max Caldas, a coach who is aware of India properly — he was with the Dutch final time round, ending India’s marketing campaign within the quarterfinals and reaching the ultimate.

In his restricted time with Spain to date, he has proven he isn’t afraid to experiment with methods.

“It is a bit difficult to tell how much influence past results have but I think it gives us confidence. For most of our players it is the first World Cup and that can be a different feeling from the Pro League,” Caldas mentioned.

Good combine

In the meantime, the host has a mixture of youth and expertise in each division. The senior execs, together with Manpreet Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Akashdeep Singh, might be anticipated to information the children.

The largest benefit, after all, could be the gang. The stadium is sold-out and the Odisha public has at all times been vocal in its assist.

On Friday: England vs Wales (5 PM IST), India vs Spain (7 PM IST).

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