Dec 2, 2018

Whitewashes in T20Is

The youngest Indians to score fifties in T20I cricket and more. Plus, your queries answered.

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India is capable of springing a surprise

The Indian team’s success will not depend just on the end results. It has to perform to its potential in the pool matches.

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Whitewashes in T20Is

The youngest Indians to score fifties in T20I cricket and more. Plus, your queries answered.

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Hockey World Cup 2018: A clearer hierarchy in Pool C

Belgium is clearly the favourite in Pool C at Hockey World Cup 2018. India will not have an easy route to the knockouts as both Canada and South Africa are capable of pulling off upsets.

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Hockey World Cup 2018: Belgium a very serious medal contender

The growth in stature of Belgian hockey has been accompanied by a collection of trophies. Belgium heads into Hockey World Cup 2018 ranked as the world's third best side.

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Hockey World Cup 2018: Canada a thorn in India's side

In Pool C of Hockey World Cup 2018, India will be wary of Canada as it has the potential to pull off upsets.

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Hockey World Cup 2018: A chance for India to prove itself

Hockey World Cup 2018 is as much about Indian hockey attempting to showcase its rising power and position in world hockey as about the FIH wanting to spread the game.

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Hockey World Cup 2018: A welcome return for South Africa

South Africa was unable to participate at 2016 Rio, only the second time it had missed the Olympics after Sydney in 2000 since returning to international sports after the end of apartheid. It's players will have a point to prove in Hockey World Cup 2018.

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Hockey World Cup 2018: ‘D’ is for death

Pool D form book for Hockey World Cup 2018: Germany has had a lacklustre year-and-a-half, Pakistan’s preparations have been in shambles. But the Netherlands once again enters the tournament as one of the favourites, and Malaysia could well prove a dark horse.

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Hockey World Cup 2018: Germany looks to overcome missed chances

Germany has gone through a rough phase, but it has traditionally performed well at the Hockey World Cup. Few will write the team off in the 2018 edition.

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Hockey World Cup 2018: Netherlands a strong contender

Despite narrowly missing out on a place in the Champions Trophy final in July, the Netherlands’ unique brand of high-pressing hockey makes it a favourite in any international tournament.

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It all began in Sundargarh!

As Odisha capital Bhubaneswar readies to host the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018, the game is the flavour of the season in the state.

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Hockey World Cup 2018: Sounding the boards, loud and clear

The people of Bhubaneswar have proved their love for hockey twice over already in the last four years, and Hockey World Cup 2018 gives them another chance to celebrate the game.

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Affording sport an exalted status!

Sports is beyond politics, it's about building a healthy and fit society, says Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik as his state plays host to Hockey World Cup 2018.

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Hockey World Cup 2018: A long drought for Pakistan

Since it lifted the 1994 Hockey World Cup trophy in Sydney, Pakistan has failed to manage a podium finish in the competition they helped create.

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Manpreet Singh: Only target is to play as a unit

That is the most important thing in any team sport and that is my only target, says India captain Manpreet Singh in an interview ahead of the hockey World Cup 2018.

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Harendra Singh: Zero margin of error in a quarterfinal

The quarterfinals decide whether you get a medal or bow out of the race, and if we go past that, India wouldn’t look back, says national coach Harendra Singh in an interview ahead of the hockey World Cup.

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Blake Govers: Winning two World Cups is a big deal

Blake Govers’ brother Kieran won two World Cups, the first in New Delhi at roughly the same age the Australian is now, and he says he would like to strive to walk in that shadow.

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Muhammad Rizwan: We stayed focused and did not stop training

With uncertainty about Pakistan making it to the World Cup, captain Muhammad Rizwan Sr told his players that it didn’t matter if they went to India or not, but they should not give training a miss.

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Gonzalo Peillat: We’ve never been afraid of pressure

As Argentina looks to improve on its third-place finish at the 2014 World Cup, Gonzalo Peillat speaks about his team’s ambitions, his role as a penalty-corner specialist and the pressure it brings.

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Hockey World Cup 2018: Ireland no threat to other teams in Pool B

But Dutch coach Alexander Cox, who won a World Cup with the Netherlands women’s team, has expressed satisfaction with his Hockey World Cup 2018 squad.

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Hockey World Cup 2018: England looks to bridge the gap to big teams

One problem is that people put teams like the Netherlands and Belgium on a pedestal and we need to stop that, says England coach Danny Kerry ahead of the Hockey World Cup 2018.

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Hockey World Cup 2018: A big moment in history for China

China has qualified for the Hockey World Cup first time in its history. What can one expect from a team whose best effort at the international level has been a silver medal in the 2006 Doha Asian Games?

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Hockey World Cup 2018: Australia on a roll

Australia has won the Hockey World League in Bhubaneswar in 2017 and gold medals at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, the Commonwealth Games at home and the Champions Trophy this year and will look to continue its form at the Hockey World Cup 2018.

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Hockey World Cup 2018: A cakewalk for Australia

Grouped with China, England and Ireland in Pool B, the Olympic, World Cup and Champions Trophy winner will doubtless have an easy way to the quarterfinals of the Hockey World Cup 2018.

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Hockey World Cup 2018: Malaysia has come a long way

Malaysia will look to feed off its silver medal success at the 2018 Asian Games, and upstage the more fancied teams in it's pool at the Hockey World Cup.

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Hockey World Cup 2018: Argentina looks to add World Cup to Olympic title

Argentina, which will have a majority of the 2016 Olympic gold medallists as the core of the side, is at the peak of its fitness going into the Hockey World Cup 2018.

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Hockey World Cup 2018: France can play party-spoiler for major teams

France, ranked 20th in the world, qualified for the Hockey World Cup 2018 after taking seventh place in the Hockey World League and getting some help from other teams with favourable results.

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Hockey World Cup 2018: Spain expected to spring a surprise

Spain has always been a side that provides thrills for the spectators with the team's ability to punch above its weight and it will be among the team's to watch out for in the Hockey World Cup 2018.

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Hockey World Cup 2018: New Zealand hopes to fare better this time

New Zealand has finished seventh four times — in 1973, 1975, 1982 and 2014 — at the World Cup, never being able to realise its potential. Will the side make it big in the Hockey World Cup 2018?

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Hockey World Cup 2018: Thrills aplenty ahead in Pool A

World No. 2 Argentina is the favourite in Pool A of the Hockey World Cup 2018, but Spain and New Zealand are strong teams in their own right. Added to the mix is France, which may look to be the weakest of the four but is grooming a team with the 2024 Paris Olympics in mind.