Thrills aplenty ahead
With three teams ranked in the top 10 in the world, Group A promises plenty of thrills in Bhubaneswar. Argentina, the world No. 2, has made huge improvement in recent years and has forced the world to take note of its potential by claiming the bronze medal in the previous edition of the World Cup at the Hague and its maiden Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro.
The side, comprising several accomplished players such as Pedro Ibarra, Gonzalo Peillat, Matias Paredes and Lucas Vila, has the knowhow and hunger to achieve the rare tag of being a World and Olympic champion before several experienced members hang up their sticks.
Spain and New Zealand — the Red Sticks and the Black Sticks and ranked eighth and ninth, respectively — have it in them to beat the best on their day.
Chance for a double: Argentina sprung a surprise two years ago in Rio de Janeiro by breaking pattern and winning its maiden Olympic gold medal.