Malaysia will be competing at 4:05 pm
Last year, India defeated Japan 8-0 in the Asiad
Ipoh (Malaysia) Sultan Azlan Shah Cup will start from Saturday in Malaysia. The first match will be between the Indian hockey team and Japan. Japan's team won gold medal in Asian Games held in Jakarta last year. Then Malaysia defeated India in the semi-finals. However, in the league match, India defeated Japan 8-0.
In this tournament, 6 teams in India, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Poland and South Korea are participating. The Indian team is at the top of the rankings. India's current ranking is 5. After that Canada's number comes. Canada's ranking is 10. This time top-4 teams are not participating in Belgium, Australia, Netherlands, Argentina tournaments. Argentina, Australia and England are not participating in the tournament due to the FIH Pro League.
India, South Korea are participating in the tournament, champions
In the tournament, India and South Korea are the only teams that have become champions of this competition. None of the participating teams has won the titles of this tournament so far. In this sense, India has the opportunity to win the title after nine years.
India has won the title five times
India last won the title in 2010. The Indian team has so far won the title of 5 times (1985, 1991, 1995, 2009, 2010). In 2010, India shared the title with South Korea. However, last year he was at number five.
Compared to India in tournaments
India vs Japan
India vs Korea
India vs Malaysia
India vs Canada
India vs Poland
Young players will have to perform well: Captain Manpreet Singh
After this tournament, the Indian team will take part in the Olympic qualifiers. Before the match against Japan, Indian captain Manpreet Singh said, "Japan, Korea and hosts Malaysia are strong teams. These teams are becoming part of the tournament with their full strength. Their challenge will be stricter. The youth will have to raise their level of sports too. The presence of new faces in the team will benefit us because the opposition will not know much about their game. But the exit of Gurjant will be a blow to us. Gursahibjit Singh will be a part of the team. They are good forwarders and understand the needs of the seniors.