Hosts India are set to take to the field against South Africa, as they aim for opening victory against South Africa at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday. The Manpreet Singh led side will look to overcome their 43-year-old drought.
India has won eight Olympic gold medals and just a solitary World Cup to their name. India beat Malaysia in 1975 to clinch the Cup for the first time. As India will be hosts in the tournaments, expectations will be higher than ever before and the Men in Blue would dearly like to go all the way.
It would be interesting to see how would be their first impression when the Manpreet Singh-led India take on South Africa.