Indian hockey captain Sardar Singh hopes for a good beginning to 2014

India face England in their opening pool encounter of the Hockey World Leagueon the January 10. The Indian side, which last played at the Asia Cup in September, will be competing in the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games besides the World Cup later this year.

updated: January 08, 2014 18:43 IST
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New Delhi: Aiming for top-five finish in the Hockey World League, India captain Sardar Singh on Wednesday said his team is prepared for the tough challenge despite being young and inexperienced.

"We are a young team and still learning. We have prepared well for the tournament. We have a tough challenge ahead of us. Hopefully the boys will be at their best. We are hoping for a 4th-5th place finish. But we will have to work really hard for it," Sardar said at the Trophy unveiling ceremony of the inaugural edition of the competition.

Participating teams are viewing this competition as a platform to assess their preparation for the FIH Hockey World Cup in Hague this May.

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