India will also take on Australia and Spain in February as they plays five away matches that month before taking on Germany and Argentina at home.
Argentina tour gave us chance to assess our level ahead of Olympics, says Indian men's hockey team coach Graham Reid
India beat Argentina in both their FIH Pro League fixtures and also registered victories in two out of the four practice matches against the reigning Olympic champions.
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India won both their FIH Pro League fixtures in Argentina and two of the four practice matches, with Shilanand finishing the tour with a goal in the final practice game.
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On the table, India move ahead of Argentina up to fifth in the Pro League standings, with 12 points from seven matches. Argentina sit sixth, with 11 points from 11 games.
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India played their last FIH Hockey Pro League match against Australia in February last year in Bhubaneswar.
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Lucas Martinez then pulled one back for the hosts with a field goal in the 57th minute, thus ending the game in a 4-4 stalemate.
Compared to Argentina, India have played more games since hockey resumed post the coronavirus-induced stoppage and also got time to rectify issues and work on their game.
Experienced drag-flick specialist Rupinder Pal Singh as well as Varun Kumar, who had missed out the previous tour owing to rehab, are also back in the mix.
India men's hockey team coach Graham Reid feels they need to tighten defence in build up to Tokyo Olympics
In the four-match tour, India secured a 6-1 win and 1-1 draw against Germany in Krefeld and then followed this up with a 1-1 draw and 3-2 win over Great Britain.
The men's team last participated in an international competition in February last year when they played the FIH Hockey Pro League matches against Australia in Bhubaneswar.
The Australian said the sooner India gets to play international matches, the better will be their preparations for the Tokyo Games, which has been shifted to next year due to the global pandemic.
The Indian hockey team's ongoing national camp, which is currently underway at the SAI centre, will conclude a week earlier on 12 December on the recommendation of chief coach Graham Reid.
Varun Kumar, who was a part of the FIH Junior World Cup winning India team in 2016, said the SAI and Hockey India ensured that all the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines are followed by the players.
Surender was among six hockey players, including skipper Manpreet Singh, who had tested positive for the deadly virus upon their return to the national camp in Bengaluru in August after a month's break.
Six players of the men's team, including Manpreet, had tested positive for COVID-19 at the team's training base here in August after they arrived for the national camp following a month's break.
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The six players, including captain Manpreet Singh, were discharged on 17 August and were kept on quarantine for some more days before joining the team.
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Hockey players begin training with basic exercise, to work on skill development next, says head coach Graham Reid
Graham Reid said during the mandatory two-week quarantine period after re-joining the national camp earlier this month, the players were tasked to reinvigorate their Olympic goal by learning the country's Olympic history.
Sunil said it was important for every member of the group to stay strong mentally to get through the challenge of staying in isolation for a lengthy period.
The men's hockey team recently suffered a bout of COVID-19 cases, with several key players testing positive for coronavirus after returning to the camp.