FIH Pro League: Manpreet Singh to lead India against Australia

The Indian team defeated world champion Belgium 2-1 in its first Pro League match, while losing 2-3 in the second game.

Manpreet Singh will lead India against Australia in the FIH Pro League.   -  Biswaranjan Rout

Manpreet Singh will lead India in the upcoming FIH Pro League matches against world No.2 Australia, a 24-member team for has been announced by Hockey India on Tuesday.

Harmanpreet Singh will be the vice-captain, with the matches scheduled to take place on February 21 and 22 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

The Indian team, which recently climbed to fourth in the FIH World Rankings, defeated world champion Belgium 2-1 in its first Pro League match, while losing 2-3 in the second game.

The 24-member squad will comprise goalkeepers P. R. Sreejesh and Krishan Pathak, besides outfielders Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Birendra Lakra, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Gurinder Singh and Rupinder Pal Singh.

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Vivek Sagar Prasad, Hardik Singh, Chinglensana Singh, Raj Kumar Pal, Akashdeep Singh, Sumit, Lalit Upadhyay, Gursahibjit Singh, Dilpreet Singh, SV Sunil, Jarmanpreet Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Nilakanta Singh, and Ramandeep Singh, are also part of the squad.

“After having two high intensity matches against the World Champions, we will be facing another strong team in Australia,” Chief coach Graham Reid said.

“We have again gone with a strong group of players who can provide us with a good balance throughout the field, and help us in competing against one of the best teams in the world,” he added.

The full team

Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran, Krishan Pathak, Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Birendra Lakra, Harmanpreet Singh (Vice Captain), Varun Kumar, Gurinder Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Manpreet Singh (Captain), Vivek Sagar Prasad, Hardik Singh, Chinglensana Singh, Raj Kumar Pal, Akashdeep Singh, Sumit, Lalit Upadhyay, Gursahibjit Singh, Dilpreet Singh, SV Sunil, Jarmanpreet Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Ramandeep Singh.

 

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