Hockey World Cup 2018: Anil Kumble attends Argentina-France game as special guest

first_imgFormer India cricket team captain Anil Kumble graced the hockey pitch on Thursday as he attended the Hockey World Cup 2018 match between Argentina and France at the Kalinga stadium.Kumble was the special guest in the match which saw France beat Argentina 5-3 to make it to the crossovers while the latter has already qualified for the quarterfinals despite the loss.Last month Kumble, along with former India shooter Gagan Narang and badminton coach Pullela Gopichand, had pledged their support to help Odisha government develop the state’s sports infrastructure.Kumble met with the players from both teams before the pushback. The former Indian men’s cricket team coach was in awe at the spectacle of the OHMWC Bhubaneswar 2018 and hoped that the Indian Hockey Team can achieve a landmark moment by lifting the title at home.Former Indian cricketer and spinner extraordinaire @anilkumble1074 is in awe at the spectacle of the OHMWC Bhubaneswar 2018 and hopes that the Indian Hockey Team can achieve a landmark moment by lifting the title at home.#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey #ARGvFRA pic.twitter.com/dlePqKOpo4Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 6, 2018″It’s not only about the event, it’s also about the country, the organization and the kids who are influenced seeing their heroes play,” Kumble said when asked about the importance of playing the World Cup at home.”It’s not only about the event; it’s also about the country, the organization and the kids who are influenced seeing their heroes play,” says @anilkumble1074 when asked about the importance of playing the World Cup at home. #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey #ARGvFRA pic.twitter.com/rvA6bgzz9CadvertisementHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 6, 2018Argentina consolidated its place at the top of Pool A with 6 points from 3 games with France in second position with 4 points. New Zealand also have 4 points from 3 games but will join France in the cross-over matches as they are placed third owing to an inferior goal difference.Indian cricket team’s former spin wizard, @anilkumble1074, visits the Kalinga Stadium as the special guest to greet the players before the #ARGvFRA pushback at the OHMWC Bhubaneswar 2018 on 6th December. #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/jjVJrkL1fkHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 6, 2018The result saw Spain getting knocked out of the competition from Pool A after they were held to a 2-2 draw by New Zealand in the first match of the day. New Zealand thus, qualified for the knockout stages.The match also saw legendary Indian athlete Anju Bobby George as the special guest.One of India’s finest athletes ever, @anjubobbygeorg1 graces the Kalinga Stadium as the special guest for today’s match between @rfe_hockey and @BlackSticks at the OHMWC Bhubaneswar 2018. #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey #ESPvNZL pic.twitter.com/tprnBPMDCrHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 6, 2018World no. 8 Spain scored two field goals in the opening two quarters through Albert Beltran (9th minute) and Alvaro Iglesias (27th) to go into the halfway break with a comfortable 2-0 lead.But the Black Sticks made a stupendous comeback in the final 10 minutes of the game and scored through Hayden Phillips (50th) and Kane Russell (56th) to share the spoils and secure their place in the cross-over round of the tournament.As per the format of the tournament, the top four teams from four pools will directly qualify for the quarterfinals while the second and third placed sides will play cross-over matches against teams of other pools for the remaining four last eight berths.(With PTI inputs)last_img

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