Indian captain Manpreet Singh has targeted the gold medal at Gold Coast 2018 ©Getty Images

India must convert their weaknesses into strengths if they are to win the men's hockey gold medal at this year's Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, team captain Manpreet Singh has warned.

The country have finished as runners-up at the previous two editions of the Commonwealth Games and are likely to be among the contenders once again at Gold Coast 2018.

Singh told the Press Trust of India that the team had identified a number of key areas to work on following the Hockey World League Final on home soil in Bhubaneswar in December, where the hosts exited at the semi-final stage after suffering defeat to Argentina.

The 25-year-old claimed, however, that he was confident in the team's ability as they prepare to attempt a Commonwealth Games and Asian Games double this year.

"After the Hockey World League Final, we recognised some of the areas that we were lacking in," said Singh.

India lost the Glasgow 2014 men's hockey final to Australia ©Getty Images
India lost the Glasgow 2014 men's hockey final to Australia ©Getty Images

"We knew we can do better in defence, man-to-man marking in the circle and we did work on that in this camp.

"There is no doubt we are approaching this year with clear goals of winning in the Commonwealth Games and defending our gold medal at the Asian Games. 

"And it is important we convert our weaknesses into our strength before entering these major events."

India are set to resume their fierce hockey rivalry with Pakistan at Gold Coast 2018 as the two Asian nations were drawn together.

The two sides will compete in Pool B along with England, Malaysia and Wales.

Pool A includes defending champions Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and Scotland.