Hockey World Cup 2018: Five players to watch out for

As the Hockey World Cup 2018 nears, we take a look at five players who might catch your eye during the course of the tournament.

Gonzalo Peillat: Top scorer at the 2014 World Cup, 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2018 Champions Trophy, Argentina’s penalty-corner specialist has played a huge role in La Albiceleste’s rapid ascendancy in the world of hockey. The 26-year-old will look to inspire his team to better its 2014 World Cup’s third-place finish with his goal-scoring exploits. Photo: Getty Images
Blake Govers: Making his debut for Australia in 2015, Blake Govers has played a huge role in the Kookaburras' success in the 2017 World Hockey League in Bhubaneswar with five goals. The 22-year old has been in fine form top scoring the Australia Hockey League with 11 goals. Photo: Getty Images
Akashdeep Singh: For a 23-year old, it is surprising that Akashdeep Singh has 158 international caps and scored 47 goals for India. He was also India’s top scorer at the 2014 World Cup with 5 goals and will have a huge responsibility in the absence of experienced forward S.V. Sunil. Photo: Getty Images
Jeroen-Hertzberger: A veteran of two World Cups and two Olympics, Hertzberger is the team’s top scorer with 101 international goals and is the leader of the Netherlands’ forward line. Adept at creating and finishing, the 32-year old will once be crucial for the Oranje as it looks to better previous edition’s silver medal finish. Photo: Getty Images
Tom Boon: One of the finest penalty-takers in the modern game, Boon’s drag-flicks played a major part in Belgium’s rapid rise to third in the world rankings. Boon was also the costliest player at the 2015 Hockey India League auction, where he was bought by Dabang Mumbai for 7 Lakhs. Photo: Getty Images