India squad for Hockey World League finals announced

The Indian team is slated for a three match test series against the mighty Australians from the November 19 to 23 in Rajnandgaon and Raipur in Chhattisgarh before starting their campaign for the much awaited Hero Hockey World League final 2015.

Team India will be led by experienced midfielder Sardar Singh.   -  M. Moorthy

Hockey India, the apex body for hockey in India, today announced the 18 member Indian squad for the Hero Hockey World League finals. The Hero Hockey World League final is the biggest international tournament in 2015 and will feature eight top international contenders on display from November 27 —December 6, 2015 at the Raipur International Stadium, Chhattisgarh.

The 18 member India squad announced today, in the midst of the ongoing National camp at the SAI centre in Bengaluru, will be led by the iconic Sardar Singh and feature P. R. Sreejesh and Harjot Singh as goalkeepers. The wall of defenders consists of Birendra Lakra, Kothajit Singh, V. R. Raghunath, Jasjit Singh Kular and Rupinder Pal Singh. Sardar Singh alongside Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Devinder Walmiki, Manpreet Singh, Dharamvir Singh and Danish Mujtaba would form a strong pool for the midfield while S. V. Sunil, Ramandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Lalit Upadhyay and Talwinder Singh would lead India’s attack for the upcoming tournament.

The Indian team is slated for a three match test series against the mighty Australians from the November 19 to 23 in Rajnandgaon and Raipur in Chhattisgarh before starting their campaign for the much awaited Hero Hockey World League final 2015.

“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” said Roelant Oltmans, High Performance Director and Chief Coach, India Men’s Hockey team, who has been guiding the team since the beginning of the national camp from October 26.

Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra, President, Hockey India said, “ 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 to 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 at 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-Australia series will begin on November 19, with the first match in Rajnandgaon and consecutive matches at Raipur on November 22 and 23. The Hockey World league finals will immediately follow the test series with world’s top eight teams meeting each other for the last time before the Rio Olympics next year.

The Indian Squad for the India-Australia test series and Hockey World League Finals are:

Goalkeepers

1. P. R. Sreejesh (vice-captain)

2. Harjot Singh

Defenders

3. Birendra Lakra

4. Kothajit SIngh

5. V. R. Raghunath

6. Jasjit Singh Kular

7. Rupinder Pal Singh

Midfielders

8. Sardar Singh (captain)

9. Chinglensana Singh Kangujam

10. Devinder Walmiki

11. Manpreet Singh

12. Dharamvir Singh

13. Danish Mujtaba

Forwards

14. S. V. Sunil

15. Ramandeep Singh

16. Akashdeep Singh

17. Lalit Upadhyay

18. Talwinder Singh

Teams participating in the Hero Hockey World League Final are as follows:

Pool A

Australia

Belgium

Great Britain

Canada

Pool B

Netherlands

Germany

Argentina

India

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