Thrills aplenty ahead

Sportstar - - PREVIEW POOL A - Y. B. SARANGI

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.

AFP

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.

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