THE MAIN CONTENDERS OF HOCKEY WORLD CUP 2018
The Hockey World Cup is almost upon us and this, in turn, set fans and experts alike. Yes, there are only a few days left for the hockey world cup 2018 and this time it Is hosted by India.
Due to the increment to 16 participating teams, the new qualification process was announced in July 2015 by the International Hockey Federation. There are 4 pools each consisting of 4 teams.
Pool A - Argentina, Spain, France, and New Zealand
Pool B - Australia, England, Ireland, and China
Pool C - India, Belgium, Canada, and South Africa
Pool D - Netherlands, Germany, Malaysia, and Pakistan
After the group stage, the team which tops each pool will directly qualify for the quarterfinals, while the second and third teams qualify for the playoffs. The team which is at the last position gets eliminated.
Top Contenders to Win Hockey World cup 2018 are-
1)The Netherlands- The only team that has maintained their success rate in hockey ever since the sport became famous and is Recognized as one of the most successful and consistent teams in the field of hockey. the team is struggling with its current form but can't be taken lightly as the team ranks on number 4.
2)Argentina- The Olympic champions are one of the main contenders to win the Hockey World Cup. It will be a challenge for the team to take on mighty teams like Australia and Belgium but if they make up their mind nothing is impossible for 'the lions' and with Gonzalo Peillat in the team, Argentina can take on any opponent easily.
3)Australia- The two-time Defending champions 'the kookaburras' are one of the strongest contenders to win this year's world cup. The Kookaburras have constructed the fame for being one of the most aggressive teams in the men's field hockey and are one of the most successful hockey teams to represent a country internationally. The team is in great form since they defeated India in champions trophy 2018.
4)Belgium- Belgium's team is one of the best hockey teams around the globe. the red lions didn't give their very best in the champions trophy but are capable of making it to the top of the league.
5) India- The Indian team has a great balance of young and experienced players and is ready to take on other teams in this world cup. The current team is solid and has a high scoring rate. Presently 1st in Asia and world's 5th number hockey team is ready to give their best and prove their worth because this time the nation has expectations from them.
There are only 3 days left for the hockey world cup 2018 .On Tuesday 27 November, crowd will witness a very special opening ceremony with a performance from music master A R Rahman as well as appearances from eminent Bollywood celebrities and on Wednesday 28 November, the 40,000 capacity Barabati Stadium in Cuttack will see AR Rahman and other Bollywood stars taking part in a World Cup Celebration event, where gigantic crowds are again expected in attendance.
The Indian side is carrying a huge load on their shoulders, they have to make up for the defeats faced by their predecessors because the quality of the current team is great and after the appointment of coach Harendra Singh, the Indian hockey has leaned towards a brighter future. This years performance of team India was great and we can expect a lot more from them .indian team is in great form, in the warm-up match on Friday Indian side thrashed Argentina by 5-0, which clearly indicates that our side is strong as ever.
It is a great sign that the tournament started with showcase of team India's power and let's wait for the real tournament and enjoy the action.
By: Sanat Singh