Hockey India has announced the 18 member Indian squad for the Hero Hockey World League finals.
The 18 member India squad announced today in the midst of the ongoing National camp at the Sports Autority India centre in Bengaluru will be led by captain Sardar Singh.
P.R. Sreejesh and Harjot Singh are the confirmed goalkeepers while defenders include Birendra Lakra, Kothajit Singh, VR Raghunath, Jasjit Singh Kular and Rupinder Pal Singh.
Sardar Singh alongside Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Devinder Walmiki, Manpreet Singh, Dharamvir Singh and Danish Mujtaba will form a strong pool for the midfield while SV Sunil, Ramandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Lalit Upadhyay and Talwinder Singh will lead India’s attack for the upcoming tournament.
The Indian team is slated for a three match test series against Australia from 19-23 November 2015 in Rajnandgaon and Raipur in Chhattisgarh before starting their campaign for the much awaited Hero Hockey World League Final 2015.
Speaking ahead of the tournament, Roelant Oltmans, High Performance Director & Chief Coach of India men’s hockey team, said: “The team has been together in the camp for quite a while and they are showing tremendous progress. The test series with Australia will help us evaluate our strengths and weaknesses before going into the Hero Hockey World League Finals. We are excited and there is high degree of positivity within the boys and that gives all of us a lot of confidence. We are confident of playing some competitive hockey and hope to produce the best result in the League."
Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra, President of Hockey India added: "The Hero Hockey World League Final is going to be our first test for us enroute to the Rio Olympics next year. It will give us a good perspective of our position as we would be testing our best players against the world’s best, with all the teams in the Hero Hockey World League Finals having secured 2016 Olympic qualification. With a robust coaching staff that we have set up for the team I am confident that we will see some great hockey on display from our boys. The test series against Australia is the ideal warm-up that the team can get ahead of the Hero Hockey World League Finals.”
The India v Australia series will begin on 19 November with the first match in Rajnandgaon and consecutive matches at Raipur on 22 and 23 November.
The Hockey World League Finals will immediately follow the test series with world’s top eight teams meeting each other for one of the last times before the Rio Olympics next year.
1. P.R. Sreejesh (Vice Captain)
2. Harjot Singh
3. Birendra Lakra
4. Kothajit SIngh
5. VR Raghunath
6. Jasjit Singh Kular
7. Rupinder Pal Singh
8. Sardar Singh (Captain)
9. Chinglensana Singh Kangujam
10. Devinder Walmiki
11. Manpreet Singh
12. Dharamvir Singh
13. Danish Mujtaba
14. SV Sunil
15. Ramandeep Singh
16. Akashdeep Singh
17. Lalit Upadhyay
18. Talwinder Singh
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