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After 43 years,India has a chance to win medal: Hockey World Cup

After 43 years,India has a chance to win medal: Hockey World Cup

Indian hockey team will start its campaign in World Cup hockey against South Africa at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday. It will go with the goal of wiping of compuction for not winning the medal for 43 years in the World Cup. The eight-time Olympic champion Indian team won the only World Cup in 1975 when Ajit Pal Singh and his team made history.

Since then, Asian countries have failed to reach the level of the Netherlands, Germany and Australia. For the past four decades, European teams have dominated world hockey. India did the best performance since 1975 in the 1982 World Cup in Mumbai, when it was at fifth place. In the last 43 years, no medal of World Cup has dropped in India.

India, who are fifth in the world rankings, would like to overcome this opponent by winning the medal this time. By the way, it will not be as easy as it will have to cross the two-time champions Australia, Netherlands, Germany and Olympic champions Argentina. Apart from this, the heavy pressure of expectations of good performance will be on the team of Harendra Singh.

Last time in 2010, Delhi was in eighth place in the World Cup held in Delhi. So far, nine countries have hosted the World Cup, whose performance has not been good in their hosting. Two years ago, Coach Harendra, who gave the World Cup to the junior team in Lucknow, is under pressure due to lack of gold retaining in Asian Games. For them, this is a 'do or die' tournament, and if he do not perform well he can lose a job.

Harendra said, "We have overcome the defeats from Malaysia in the semifinals of the Asian Games. Players are playing aggressive hockey and can give good results. For this, we have to create a match-by-match strategy. We will take the role of playing in our country, not as pressure but as a motivation. "Harendra has kept seven players from the World Cup winning junior team in the present team, while Captain Manpreet Singh, PR Sreejesh, Akashdeep Singh and Birendra Lakra are also in the team. .

Drag flicker Rupinder Pal Singh was dropped out of the team while striker SV Sunil is out of the groundsdue to fitness reasons. India, South Africa, Belgium and Canada are in Pool-C in the sixteen countries tournaments. India needs to be cautious with the world's third team Belgium, while South Africa's ranking is 15 and Canada's 11.

Team will be in Quarter Final when it is on top of pool: The match against Belgium will be a real challenge in the phase, in which India will want to make it straight in the quarter-finals, so that they do not have to play a crossover. Belgium will face 2 December and Canada on 8 December.

After sixteen years, there are sixteen teams in the World Cup, which are divided into four-four pools. The top team will play in the quarter-finals from each pool, while the second and third teams will play in the last eight by playing crossover. Belgium will face Canada in the second match on the first day.

Q.1 When the hockey team of India won the world Cup in Hockey last?
A. 1965
B. 1975
C. 1978
D. 1982
Ans: 1975
Q.2 Under whose captainship India won World Cup in Hockey in 1975?
A. Dhyanchand
B. Gagan Ajit Singh
C. Ajit Pal Singh
D. Dhanraj Pillay
Ans: Ajit Pal Singh

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