Harmanpreet Singh
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Drag flicker Harmanpreet Singh to lead India in Hockey World Cup, Amit Rohidas is vice-captain

New Delhi, December 23, 2022

Ace drag flicker Harmanpreet Singh was on Friday named captain of the 18-member Indian team for the Hockey World Cup to be played in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela, Odisha from January 13.

Amit Rohidas will be the vice-captain of the team, selected after two-day trials in SAI Centre, Bengaluru.

India, grouped in Pool D along with England, Spain and Wales will begin their campaign in the newly built Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela.

The squad which is a mix of experienced and young players includes goalkeepers Krishan B Pathak and PR Sreejesh, who will be playing his fourth World Cup - his third on home soil.

The team's defence will be spearheaded by the Harmanpreet Singh along with his deputy Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Varun Kumar, Jarmanpreet Singh and Nilam Sanjeep Xess.

The midfield includes young prodigy Vivek Sagar Prasad, who missed the recent tour of Australia as well as the FIH Hockey Pro League due to an ankle injury. He will be joined by Manpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Shamsher Singh and the experienced Akashdeep Singh.

The forward line features Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay and youngsters Abhishek and Sukhjeet Singh who continue to impress after making their debut earlier this year. The two alternate players chosen are Rajkumar Pal and Jugraj Singh.

Talking about the team selection, Chief Coach Graham Reid said, "The World Cup is the most important 'Hockey Only' tournament there is. A home World Cup puts extra importance and extra pressure on this event like no other. "

"Every country chooses the best team they believe is available to them at the time and tries to provide their team with the best preparation they can. We have also tried to do both with the selection of our Indian World Cup team, choosing a mixture of experienced and younger exciting players who can provide something special.

"We have also had a great preparation over the last two months including a home Pro League series and a very tough tour to Australia against the World’s No. 1. We are looking forward to getting to Odisha and put the finishing touches to our preparations for what will be an exciting and challenging tournament ahead," he added.

India will begin their World Cup campaign against Spain on January 13, followed by their second Pool D match against England. They will move to Bhubaneswar to play their third pool match against Wales.

The knockout stage will begin with crossover matches on January 22 and 23 and the quarter-finals on January 25 and the semi-finals on January 27.

The bronze medal match and the final will be held on January 29.

The team:

Goalkeeper: Krishan Bahadur Pathak, Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran

Defenders: Jarmanpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh (Capt), Varun Kumar, Amit Rohidas (V.C), Nilam Sanjeep Xess

Midfielders: Manpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Shamsher Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Akashdeep Singh

Forward: Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Abhishek, Sukhjeet Singh

Alternate Players: Rajkumar Pal, Jugraj Singh


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