After being ignored for the Asian Games and Champions Trophy squad, Mandeep put up an impressive display in this year's Hero Hockey India League to impress the selectors and make a comeback in the national team.

"I was part of the World Cup squad in June last year but since then I missed out on other important tournaments. I was unlucky that I was not part of the gold winning team of the Asian Games. It motivated me to work even harder and make a strong comeback," Mandeep said.

"After missing out from the core team of the Asian Games, I went to the drawing board and understood where I was lacking. I worked hard on my loopholes and I was aware that the Hockey India League will be the platform for me to prove myself. Luckily I found my form and I gave my best during that period. I am happy that my hard work has paid off," he said.

The 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup will be played from April 5 to 12 where six teams - India, hosts Malaysia, Australia, Canada, Korea and New Zealand will fight for the title.

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