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Belgium's Captain Thomas Briels (in red) and Pakistan's Faisal Qadir vie for the ball, at the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.

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Australia players celebrate after scoring a goal against England during bronze medal match at the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Australia players celebrate their win in the bronze medal match against England at the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Belgium players celebrate with wining trophy during the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Belgium players celebrate after win against Netherlands during Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Belgium players celebrate after winning against Germany during their quarterfinal match, at the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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India's Hardik Singh (in blue) and Netherlands' Robbert Kemperman vie for the ball during their quarterfinal match, at the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar. India lost 2-1.

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Members of Indian team stand with their coach Harendra Singh, third right, after their loss against Netherlands in the Men's Hockey World Cup quarterfinal match at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. Netherlands won the match 2-1.

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Netherlands players, in orange, celebrate after scoring a goal during the Men's Hockey World Cup quarterfinal match between India and Netherlands at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

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Belgium's Aubel Van (in red) and Pakistan's Muhammad Irfan vie for the ball, at the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Indian hockey player Lalit Upadhyay celebrates 2nd goal against Canada during a match of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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India (blue) Amit Rohidas(R) celebrates with teammates his goal against Canada(red) during a match of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Germany (in white) and Malaysian players vie for the ball during their match, at Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Tom Genestet (6) of France in action during the match against Spain at Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Indian hockey player Simranjeet Singh celebrates a goal during a match against Belgium during Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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India (blue) Dilpreet Singh in action during a match against Belgium (red) for Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Argentina's Nicolas Cicileo vies for the ball with Enrique Gonzalez of Spain (red) during their match at Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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New Zealand players celebrate during a match against France in the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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As the captains lined up like toy figures, Shahrukh gave a speech. The Hockey World Cup opening ceremony in Bhu­­ba­neswar could have done without SRK’s childhood connect with the sport, or a tired ‘sattar minute’ dialogue from Chak De India, though most would agree that hockey players are the ‘fiercest artistes’. The ceremony was noted for A.R. Rahman and a replay of his old songs, splendid fireworks and colourful costumes. And yes, Madhuri Dixit. A vision, as always.

Photograph by Sanjib Mukherjee

India's Chinglensana Kangujam (in blue) in action during a match against South Africa for Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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India's Chinglensana Kangujam (in blue) in action during a match against South Africa for Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Music director A R Rehman performs at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, during 2nd inaugural ceremony for Men's Hockey world cup.

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The 'Walk of Champions' gallery at the Kalinga Stadium.

Team India Player’s Changing Room at the Kalinga Stadium.

Upgraded Player’s Changing Room at the Kalinga Stadium, venue for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018.

Upgraded Player’s Changing Room at the Kalinga Stadium, venue for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik (C) flanked by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, International Hockey Federation (FIH) chief Narinder Batra and team captains of participating nations during the inaugural ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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A view of the firecrackers display during the inaugural ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Music composer AR Rahman performs during the inaugural ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Bollywood actor Madhuri Dixit performs during the inaugural ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Bollywood actor Madhuri Dixit performs during the inaugural ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan performs during the inaugural ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik interacts with the captains of 16 participating countries in 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup at Mukteswar Temple, in Bhubaneswar.

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CM Naveen Patnaik at the inaguration of the sports litfest

Photograph by Sanjib Mukherjee

Murals being painted in Bhubaneswar

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Kalinga stadium lies ready

Photograph by Sanjib Mukherjee

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