Amit Rohidas will proceed to steer the Indian males’s hockey crew within the final leg of the 2021-22 version of the FIH Professional League in Belgium and the Netherlands.
India leads the FIH Professional League standings with 27 factors from 12 video games, three forward of Argentina. India will look to utilise the 4 matches to increase its domination and likewise get much-needed match follow forward of the Birmingham Commonwealth Video games. India will play World No. 2 Belgium on June 11 and 12 in Antwerp earlier than dealing with the Netherlands on June 18 and 19 in Rotterdam.
As has been the case within the final two legs at house, star drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh can be Rohidas’ deputy.
There aren’t any massive surprises within the squad because the Indian crew administration continues to check varied mixture from the core group within the Professional League ties forward of a busy calendar yr which incorporates the Commonwealth Video games and the World Cup 2023.
- Goalkeepers: Suraj Karkera, Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran
- Defenders: Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh (vice-captain), Varun Kumar, Amit Rohidas (captain), Jugraj Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh
- Midfielders: Manpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Shamsher Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Akashdeep Singh, Nilakanta Sharma
- Forwards: Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Shilanand Lakra, Sukhjeet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Abhishek.
Goalkeeper Kishan Bahadur Pathak made method for Suraj Karkera sustained an harm on the final minute. Within the backline, there is just one change from the final Professional League squad – Gurinder Singh, who will lead India within the inaugural FIH Hockey 5s in Lausanne on June 5 and 6, misses out.
Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet, Varun Kumar, Rohidas, Jugraj Singh and Jarmanpreet Singh make up the remainder of the defence crew.
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Barring the exclusion of Moirangthem Rabichandra Singh and switch of Akashdeep Singh from the forwardline, the midfield stays the identical that includes skilled Manpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Shamsher Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad,and Nilakanta Sharma.
Gurjant Singh has come instead of Dilpreet Singh, who’s a part of the Hockey 5s squad, within the forwardline, which incorporates Mandeep Singh, Shilanand Lakra, Sukhjeet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay and Abhishek. Talking concerning the crew mixture, India’s chief coach Graham Reid stated, “That is an important stage of the FIH Hockey Professional League with matches in opposition to the highest groups of the world at their house floor. The plan is to hold ahead our momentum from the house video games in India.”
“…We proceed to introspect our efficiency within the league to date and are targeted on placing up an improved efficiency in Europe. The crew continues to stay roughly the identical with no main modifications.”
The Indian crew had overwhelmed South Africa within the double header (10-2, 10-2), whereas they gained one and lose one in opposition to France (5-0, 2-5). At house, India gained one and misplaced one recreation to Spain (5-4, 3-5) aside from profitable 4-3 and shedding 2-2 (1-3 SO) to Argentina. Just lately, the crew gained each of its video games in opposition to England, 3-3 (3-2 SO), and 4-3.
In its final two matches, India defeated Germany 3-0 and 3-1 within the double-leg matches.