Indian Men’s Hockey Team leaves for Australia for five-match Test series


~The tour will serve as litmus test for the Indian team in their
preparations for the 2024 Paris Olympics~

New Delhi, 2nd April 2024: The Indian Men’s Hockey Team is all set to
embark on a significant journey as they left from the Indira Gandhi
International Airport here on Monday night, heading towards Australia
for an intense five-match Test series. The series is scheduled to kick
off on 6th April in Perth, marking an important phase in the team’s
preparations for the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

Having last showcased their prowess during the Bhubaneswar and Rourkela
leg of the FIH Pro League 2023-24, the Harmanpreet Singh-led team
demonstrated exceptional skill and resilience, clinching victory in
three out of four matches in Bhubaneswar and maintaining an unbeaten
streak in Rourkela (during regulation time). This showcased their
dominance and strength on the international stage, setting high
expectations for their performance in the upcoming series against

The five-match Test series will commence from 6th April, followed by
matches on 7th April, 10th April, 12th April, and 13th April, offering
fans an exciting display of hockey talent.

The tour to Australia presents a crucial opportunity for the Indian team
to assess their preparedness, fine-tune their strategies, and identify
areas for improvement ahead of the Paris Olympics. With tough
competition ahead, the team is geared up to give their best and make
every moment count on the field.

Before leaving for Australia, Captain Harmanpreet Singh stated “As we
embark on this crucial tour to Australia, we are filled with
determination and excitement. The series presents an excellent
opportunity for us to assess our strengths and areas for improvement
ahead of the Paris Olympics. We are fully committed to giving our best
on the field and making every moment count.”

Meanwhile, Vice Captain Hardik Singh stated, “This tour holds immense
significance for us as we gear up to face tough opponents in Australia.
We have been working hard as a team to refine our skills and strategies,
and we are confident in our abilities. We are focused on putting up a
strong performance and making our country proud.”

India will take on Australia in the opening match of the series on 6th
April at 14:00hrs IST.

All the matches of the India tour of Australia will be broadcast on
Sports18- 3 and Sports18- 1 HD. The matches will also be live-streamed
on Jio Cinema.

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