A relatively new-look India would be gunning for glory on home turf under new coach Terry Walsh in the inaugural Hero Hockey World League Final where the team will open their campaign against higher-ranked England at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, in New Delhi on Friday.
The tournament will provide India a perfect build up for the World Cup to be held later this year at The Hague, Netherlands. With the world's top seven teams in fray here, India could not have asked for better preparation for the quadrennial event. India should consider themselves lucky to be one of the participating teams in the HWL Final. Having failed to qualify directly, India managed a place in the event by the virtue of being the host. India are also slated to host the prestigious Champions Trophy later this year and it is now high time the past masters of the game take advantage of these big-ticket opportunities.