Hockey World Cup 2023 India has a chance to win the tournament after 48 years Harmanpreet Singh India vs Spain

India vs Spain Hockey World Cup 2023: Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 has started. Its first match was played between Argentina and South Africa. In this, Argentina won 1-0. India’s first match is against Spain. This match is being played in Rourkela, Odisha. The Indian team, captained by Harmanpreet Singh, has a chance to end the title drought that has been going on for 48 years this time. Team India last captured the title in 1975. After this, the journey of Team India was full of difficulties.

The Indian hockey team finished third in the 1971 World Cup. After this, in 1973, she was the runner-up after losing to the Netherlands in the final. Team India captured the title in 1975 while maintaining strong performance. But after that she could not register a big win in the World Cup. India has fared better in the Asia Cup than in the World Cup. India has won the Asia Cup title thrice. The team has won in 2003, 2007 and 2017. While she has been runner up five times. The Indian team has reached the finals in 1982, 1985, 1989, 1994 and 2013.

Significantly, after the first match against Spain, the Indian team will play against England on January 15. Team India’s last group match will be against Wales on January 19. If we look at the statistics of India and Spain, then Team India has the upper hand in this. India has won 43.33 percent of the matches. While Spain has won 36.67 percent of the matches. And 20 percent of the matches are draws.

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