Ipoh: Their campaign off to a flying start, under-pressure India will face a litmus test when they take on defending champions South Korea in their second Pool B match of the ninth Asia Cup hockey tournament here on Monday.
India, who desperately need to win the Asia Cup to qualify for next year’s World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands, started their campaign on a rousing note, thumping minnows Oman 8-0 in their opening pool match at the Sultan Azlan Shah stadium on Saturday.
But it won’t be a stroll in the park for the 11th-ranked Indians against the quicksilver South Koreans, who will be desperate to assert their supremacy in the eight-nation event by defending their title here.
Having already qualified for the World Cup after being promoted from first reserves to guaranteed participants recently, the Koreans will look to spoil the party of arch-rivals India and Pakistan.
But having made a bright start to the tournament, the Indians would be hoping to carry on the winning momentum in the coming matches.