India, who had a successful qualifying campaign for the prestigious competition, qualifying as the third-round Group winner, were in pot 4 for the draw that was conducted in Doha. India will now be in Group B for the 2024 AFC Asian Cup. Twenty-four teams were divided into four pots, and drawn into six groups of four teams each for the tournament that was originally scheduled to take place in China this summer.
India have qualified for back-to-back editions of the tournament for the first time. The one in Qatar's capital will be their fifth appearance in the tournament. In the last edition, India started with a convincing win against Thailand but lost their last two matches and got knocked out of the tournament. Qatar as host were automatically drawn into Group A and will play the tournament opener. Iran were placed in Group C as Japan were drawn in Group D. South Korea were placed in Group E while Saudi Arabia were drawn in Group F.
The rescheduled tournament will take place from January 12, 2024, to February 10, 2024, across eight venues in Qatar. India will open their AFC Asian Cup 2024 campaign against Australia on January 13, 2024. Then they will face Uzbekistan on January 17 and Syria on January 22 to end the group stage.