Ipoh (Malaysia), 02 March 2018: Sardar Singh-led Indian Men’s Hockey Team will begin their campaign at the 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018 against World No.2 Argentina here on March 3 at the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. Vying for a good start, the Indian team put up a fight against title-contenders and World No.1 Australia in the warm-up match they played on Thursday.
Though the team lost 1-2, with Ramandeep Singh, Vice-Captain for the tournament, scoring India’s lone goal, Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne said, “We played three quarters against Australia to adjust to the humidity. We lost 1-2 but I was happy with a lot of things. For the first match together with this new combination, we put a good performance and we will use this match to prepare for the opening game against Argentina.”
India last played against Argentina in the Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017 where the hosts lost a place in the title-round after losing 0-1. “Like I’ve said in the past, I don’t consider that result as the playing conditions were not normal. We played in incessant rain and the only thing we learnt from that match against Argentina is that they were better in such conditions,” stated Marijne.