Hockey India named the 20-man Indian Men’s Hockey Team on Monday, which will face World Champion Germany and World No. 4 Australia in the upcoming FIH Hockey Pro League matches in Rourkela. The Indian Team will be captained by Harmanpreet Singh, while Hardik Singh has been named as the vice-captain.
The defence will be led by Harmanpreet Singh, Jugraj Singh, Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Jarmanpreet Singh, Sumit, Manjeet, and Manpreet Singh. PR Sreejesh, an experienced goalkeeper, and Pawan, who replaces Krishan Bahadur Pathak, who has requested personal leave, are among the 20-member team. The midfielders include Hardik Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Moirangthem Rabichandra Singh, Vishnukant Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Shamsher Singh, and Raj Kumar Pal. The forwardline will feature S Karthi, Sukhjeet Singh, Abhishek, and Gurjant.
“The National Selectors have chosen a young team who are making good progress on the international stage. They will be well-guided by the presence of senior players who have extensive international experience playing for India. At the FIH Hockey Pro League in Rourkela, the team will play under interim Coaches until Hockey India announces the new Chief Coach,” stated Hockey India president Dilip Tirkey.
The Indian Pro League team will continue to train at SAI Bengaluru until March 6, when it will relocate to Rourkela.