The Hockey World Cup 2023 kicks off on January 13, with the final scheduled for January 29. This time, it is being hosted by India at two locations – Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and the Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium in Rourkela. So, here is your lowdown on India’s match schedule, daily fixtures and players to watch out for.
The stage is set, the players are warmed up, and the nation is ready for the FIH Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar-Rourkela.
Less than 24 hours until the World Cup kicks off! pic.twitter.com/GwdQ032ONL
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) January 12, 2023
What’s the Hockey World Cup 2023 schedule?
Like most world cups, the 2023 Hockey World Cup will also begin with the group stages. India is placed in Group D, along with England, Wales and Spain. Here are the daily fixtures for the world cup:
Match 1 – Argentina vs South Africa
Match 2- Australia vs France
Match 3 – England vs Wales
Match 4 – India vs Spain
Match 5 – New Zealand vs Chile
Match 6 – Netherlands vs Malaysia
Match 7 – Belgium vs Korea
Match 8 – Germany vs Japan
Match 9 – Spain vs Wales
Match 10 – England vs India
Match 11 – Malaysia vs Chile
Match 12 – New Zealand vs Netherlands
Match 13 – France vs South Africa
Match 14 – Argentina vs Australia
Match 15 – Korea vs Japan
Match 16 – Germany vs Belgium
Match 17 – Malaysia vs New Zealand
Match 18 – Netherlands vs Chile
Match 19 – Spain vs England
Match 20 – India vs Wales
Match 21 – Australia vs South Africa
Match 22 – France vs Argentina
Match 23 – Belgium vs Japan
Match 24 – Korea vs Germany
Match 25 – 2nd Pool C vs 3rd Pool D
Match 26 – 2nd Pool D vs 3rd Pool C
Match 27 – 2nd Pool A vs 3rd Pool B
Match 28 – 2nd Pool B vs 3rd Pool A
Match 29 – 1st Pool A vs Winner 25
Match 30 – 1st Pool B vs Winner 26
Match 31 – 1st Pool C vs Winner 27
Match 32 – 1st Pool D vs Winner 28
Match 37 – Winner 29 vs Winner 32
Match 38 – Winner 30 vs Winner 31
3rd Place Match
January 29: Match 43 – Loser 37 vs Loser 38
January 29: Match 44 – Winner 37 vs Winner 38
Indian team at the Hockey World Cup 2023
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Harmanpreet Singh is the captain and Amit Rohidas the vice-captain of the Indian Hockey World Cup team. Other team players include Abhishek, Surender Kumar, Manpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Upadhyay, Krishan Pathak, Nilam Sanjeep Xess, PR Sreejesh, Nilakanta Sharma, Shamsher Singh, Varun Kumar, Akashdeep Singh, Amit Rohidas, Vivek Sagar Prasad and Sukhjeet Singh.
Of the Indian players, Amit Rohidas is one to watch out for. Besides being the vice-captain of the team, his role as a defender will be integral in ensuring India’s success on the field. He also was part of the 2020 Summer Olympics squad that won the bronze medal for India. Captain Harmanpreet Singh is another player to watch out for since he will be crucial in setting the team’s morale and keeping the players motivated.
India’s group stage games
India vs Spain – Rourkela – January 13
England vs India – Rourkela – January 15
India vs Wales – Bhubaneswar – January 19
Where to watch Hockey World Cup 2023?
The Hockey World Cup 2023 will be broadcast live in India on Star Sports First, Star Sports Select 2, and Star Sports Select 2 HD.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answer: The Hockey World Cup 2023 will commence on January 13 and end on January 29.
Answer: The Hockey World Cup 2023 will be hosted by India in two locations - Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and the Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium in Rourkela.
Answer: No, Pakistan will not be participating in the Hockey World Cup 2023.
Answer: India has won eight gold medals in the Olympics.