Sardar Singh was part of the Indian team that won the Asia Cup last month in Dhaka but has been left out from the Hockey World League Final squad.
The women's squad won the Asia Cup after a span of 13 years.
The India team gained two places in the ranking table to be placed at number 10 behind Korea and ahead of Spain.
India last won the Women's Asia Cup in 2004 when the event took place in New Delhi. The team remained unbeaten in the 2017 tournament, scoring 28 goals and conceding five.
Skipper Rani said it was important for the team to enter next year's mega event on merit.
India's Navjot Kaur broke the deadlock in the 25th minute to give India the lead but China's Tiantian Luo levelled the score in the 47th minute.
The Indian team, which has remained unbeaten with convincing victories in the pool stage, as well as in the quarterfinal and semifinal matches against Kazakhstan and defending champions Japan respectively, would be hoping to continue the winning momentum.
India women's team defeated defending champion Japan in the semi-final of the Asia Cup Hockey tournament.
Gurjit Kaur scored a hat-trick to ensure India progressed to the semis.
The Indian team seemed to have put aside the disappointment of failing to qualify for the final as they produced some marvellous skills to stamp their authority on the match.
India began with positive intent by attacking Singapore's circle constantly, looking for an opportunity to score.
The goal-fest for India began in the 2nd minute and was followed by two more goals in the same minute.
India's chief coach Sjoerd Marijne feels consistency is something which his wards need to work on to bridge the gap with the top teams.
India, who remained unbeaten in the tournament, won the Asia Cup title for the third time
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