Hockey World Cup 2023 Odisha

With its second-place finish in Group A at the Hockey World Cup 2023

India has qualified for the crossover round, where it will face New Zealand on January 22 in Bhubaneswar.

Crossovers are a part of the World Cup's knockout stage, even if they aren't the quarterfinals. 

There is a possibility of calling this the "pre-quarterfinals" because the winners will move on to the "real" quarterfinals.

The format of the tournament provides for a matchup between the two teams finishing second 

The plan was to give the teams that finished third in their respective groups a second chance. 

The incentive to finish first in your pool and advance to the quarterfinals is further strengthened by this format.