Indian hockey team in practice during Hockey World Cup
Dejected at failing to improve upon their eight-place finish of the last edition, India have a lot at stake in the ninth-position playoff against South Korea in the men's hockey World Cup here. India not only seek revenge for their 3-4 loss against Korea in the 2013 Asia Cup final but both the teams' also have the Asian Games on the radar when they face off on Saturday.
India were the last of reserve teams to clinch a spot among the 12-nation lineup for the World Cup, where four-time champions Pakistan were missing from the first time in the tournament's history. Three months ahead of the Asian Games in Incheon, India are eager to put aside their disappointment of a lacklustre show in this World Cup and seek to produce their best game against South Korea, the continental champions.