Under-pressure India leave for Asia Cup hockey tournament

India need to win the Asia Cup to qualify for 2014 World Cup at The Hague, Netherlands. Not a single Asian country has managed to secure a World Cup ticket yet.

updated: August 16, 2013 20:56 IST
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Well aware that it is their last chance to qualify for next year's World Cup, the Indian men's hockey team left for Ipoh, Malaysia on Friday to participate in the eight-nation Asia Cup to be held from August 24 to September 1.

Plagued by injuries, India have been forced to select a depleted 18-member squad under captain Sardar Singh for the Asia Cup.

Four key strikers -- Danish Mujtaba, SV Sunil, Gurwinder Singh Chandi and Akashdeep Singh -- have been ruled out of the tournament due to injury.

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