Asia Cup triumph would help bring back belief in Indian hockey, says skipper Sardar Singh

India on Friday defeated Malaysia 2-0 to enter the final of the Asia Cup Hockey. In the summit clash, India will face defending champions South Korea, who shattered Pakistan's World Cup hopes with a 2-1 victory in the first semifinal.

updated: August 31, 2013 14:28 IST
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Ipoh, Malaysia: The lows of Indian hockey have far outnumbered the highs in recent times, but captain Sardar Singh today said the "belief" could return if the team wins the ninth Asia Cup here on Sunday.

Sardar and drag-flicker V R Raghunath were the only members of the present team who were part of the Indian side which failed to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a massive low given that the country was an eight-time gold-medallist at the event.

The star midfielder said winning a major tournament was long due for Indian hockey and the Asia Cup triumph would infuse new "life" into the game back home.

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