When asked if this the breakout moment for India, Mir Ranjan Negi, former Indian hockey coach said, "it has been almost half a century that India hasn't won a world cup. I strongly feel that one gold medal will change the entire scene of hockey in India. The popularity, the enthusiasm will all come back. And Hockey India and the govt have taken all the right steps, done all that they could. The way India have started in this particular tournament with a grand win against Spain, a thumping, and a very convincing victory I have no doubt that India this time is going to do something extraordinary."