The Telegraph
Thursday , January 9 , 2014
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Will be tough: Sardar

New Delhi: India captain Sardar Singh on Wednesday admitted the hosts have little chance of coming up with an extraordinary performance in the eight-nation World Hockey League (WHL) and said a fourth place finish would be satisfactory.

The tournament, begins at the Dhyan Chand Stadium on Friday, will feature some of the best teams of the world including olympic champions Germany and World Cup winners Australia besides the Netherlands, England, Belgium, Argentina, New Zealand and India.

“We are a young team and still learning,” said Sardar, considered one of the finest attacking midfielders of the present generation.

“We have prepared well for the tournament. We have a tough challenge ahead of us. We are hoping for a fourth or fifth place finish,” he added.Sardar’s hopes have certainly suffered a set back as some of the key players have failed to make it to the squad because of injuries.

Danish Mujtaba, Gurwinder Chandi, Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh and Harbir Sandhu are all on the injured list.

It will also be India’s newly-appointed Australian coach Terry Walsh’s first assignment with the national team.

“We have the world’s best coach and hockey completely depends on technique. We are having good training sessions and we will try to give our best,” Sardar.