Sardar's exclusion was on expected lines as he performed below-par at this year's Azlan Shah tournament.
The players will report to Indian women's hockey team's chief coach Harendra Singh and will train together till 23 December.
Women's Asia Cup 2017: Coach Harendra Singh promises more success after guiding India to continental glory
Known to be an astute tactician, Harendra had also coached the Indian junior men's hockey team to World Cup gold in Lucknow, last year.
Manpreet Singh interview: Hockey star on marshalling the midfield, India's 'give-and-go' style and much more
In a freewheeling interview, Manpreet Singh talks about filling Sardar Singh's boots in midfield and captaining the team in the absence of PR Sreejesh among other things.
From Kidambi Srikanth's title in Denmark to victory in Hockey Asia Cup, it was a great weekend for Indian sports
Here's a look at all the sporting achievements that Indian athletes recorded over the weekend.
Hockey Asia Cup 2017: Dominant India rectify mistakes of first half to record 6th straight win over Pakistan
India recorded their sixth straight victory over Pakistan to enter the Asia Cup final for the eighth time in 10 editions.
The 6-2 scoreline firmly established the story that if India play possession hockey, open up their shoulders and give wind to the sails of the forwards, goals do come.
Hockey Asia Cup 2017: India dominated Bangladesh in 7-0 win, but need to do better on penalty corners
The final scoreline of 7-0 for India was sweet and sour as they could have easily scored more goals if not for some careless mistakes.
Hockey Asia Cup 2017: Grass greener on the other side as artificial surfaces have become the norm in the sport
The seemingly irreversible move away from natural grass to artificial surfaces is a reaffirmation of the power structure of international hockey.
Hockey Asia Cup 2017: Despite India's dominating performance against Japan, there's still room for improvement
One got the feeling that as matches roll by, India could raise their game, plan it better and more importantly, control the match in such a way that opponents find it difficult.