The Indian hockey players, who finished runners-up in the just-concluded Asia Cup tournament in Ipoh, Malaysia, on Monday returned home to a low-key reception.
Their World Cup berth all but secured, a confident India would look to book a direct ticket to next year`s mega-event by winning the ongoing ninth Asia Cup hockey tournament.
India qualified for the semifinals of the Asia Cup hockey tournament with a 2-0 win over defending champions South Korea at the Azlan Shah Stadium on Monday.
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.
Thrust into action courtesy a controversy, it will be a test of nerves and skills for the Indian rookies when they take on South Korea in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie, beginning here on Friday.
India would look to end their campaign in the Asian Cup with another spirited display when they take on South Korea in their last group match.
Day in Pics: 5th March
Showbiz World - March 5 2015
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