The Indian men’s hockey team will return to top-level international competition after more than a year when it takes on Olympic champion Argentina in the first match of the two-game FIH Pro League Hockey tie on Saturday.

After being stuck at their base at the Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru centre, for the entire last year during the coronavirus outbreak, the Indians will finally get to play high-intensity international matches.

India played its last Pro League match against Australia in February 2020 in Bhubaneswar. The Indians are currently fifth in the FIH Pro League standings with 10 points from six games, with two wins and as many loses and draws.

World champion Belgium is atop the standings with 32 points from 13 games, followed by the Germans (19 points from 8 matches), Netherlands (18 from 11) and Australia (14 from 8).

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