Despite drag-flick specialist VR Raghunath missing as many as eight penalty corners and Rupinderpal Singh sustaining a serious thigh injury, India managed a 7-0 victory over minnows Oman in the men's hockey event at the Asian Games, here on Tuesday.
Their campaign of to a rousing start, Indian men's hockey team will be eyeing yet another morale-boosting big win over minnows Oman on Tuesday ahead of their crucial pool match against archrivals Pakistan at the 17th Asian Games here.
Young striker Mandeep Singh netted a hat-trick as India blanked minnows Oman 8-0 to start their 9th Asia Cup Hockey Championship campaign on a perfect note at the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium here on Saturday.
Indian hockey team were dealt a severe blow ahead of their opening Asia Cup group league encounter against minnows Oman after skipper Sardar Singh was declared unfit as he is recovering from viral fever.
The ignominy of missing out on a World Cup berth looming large over its head, an under-pressure Indian men`s hockey team would be hoping to open its campaign in the ninth Asia Cup with a morale-boosting win over minnows Oman in Pool B.
A confident but injury-hit India would look to rest two its key players when they take on a lowly Oman in their third round-robin league match of the second Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament on Sunday.
India failed to qualify for the final round of the under-22 AFC Championship as they were thrashed 0-4 by Oman in their last match of the qualifying tournament at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex on Tuesday.