Arch-rivals Pakistan, on the other hand, are placed at number 14.

The Indian hockey team will start its Asia Cup 2017 campaign against Japan in Dhaka with an aim to retain its numero uno status in Asian hockey under the newly-appointed coach Sjoerd Marijne. Eight teams including Team India will be participating in the tournament.

“But we are now joined by Amit Rohidas who has just returned from a good outing at the Australian Hockey League and he did well during India’s tour of Belgium and Holland”, explained Manpreet.

Chennai: Continuing its association with prestigious sporting events, TVS Tyres, one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of two and three-wheeler tyres and off-highway tyres in India, has partnered with Hero Asia Cup 2017 as the proud “co-presenting” sponsor of the tournament. In fact the three giants like India, Pakistan, and South Korea have hogged the limelight for the tournament.

However, they need to bring their top game to every match to ensure they top Pool A which will also see Bangladesh and Pakistan in the fray. Pakistan have won all the four previous encounters without conceding a goal. However, India have made the most appearances in the finals – seven.

Mohammad Irfan Sr (captain), Rizwan Sr (vice captain), Mazhar Abbas, Amjad Ali, Atif Mushtaq, Mubashir Ali, Ammad Shakil Butt, Abu Bakar, Tassawur Abbas, Rashid Mahmood, Rizwan Jr, Arsalan Qadir, Azfar Yaqoob, Umer Bhutta, Ali Shan, M. Atiq, Waqas Akbar and Aijaz Ahmed.