Vivek Sagar Prasad to lead Indian team in Junior World Cup, Sanjay to be vice-captain
Vivek Sagar Prasad

Vivek Sagar Prasad to lead Indian team in Junior World Cup, Sanjay to be vice-captain

Hockey India names 18-member Indian Junior Men's Hockey Team for FIH Odisha Hockey Men's Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar 2021

Bhubaneswar, November 11, 2021

Olympian Vivek Sagar Prasad will lead the 18-member Indian Junior Men's Hockey Team that will defend the title at the FIH Odisha Hockey Men's Junior World Cup 2021 that will be held here from November 24-December 5.

Vivek was part of the Indian men's team that won the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year.

Defender Sanjay, who was part of the India U-18 team that won the silver at the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Buenos Aires, will be the vice-captain of the squad that was announced by Hockey India today.

The much-awaited event will see 16 top teams from the globe vie for honours. India had won the last edition of the tournament in 2016.

The 18-member team includes Shardanand Tiwari, Prashant Chauhan, Sudeep Chirmako, Rahul Kumar Rajbhar, Maninder Singh, Pawan, Vishnukant Singh, Ankit Pal, Uttam Singh, Sunil Jojo, Manjeet, Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem, Abhishek Lakra, Yashdeep Siwach, Gurmukh Singh and Araijeet Singh Hundal.

Dinachandra Singh Moirangthem and Boby Singh Dhami have been chosen as alternate players who will be allowed to play only if there is an injury or someone in the 18-member squad is ruled out of the tournament due to COVID-19.

Speaking about the team selection Chief Coach (Men) Graham Reid said, "To choose the best 18 players to represent their country is one of the hardest things to do in sport. Each of these guys has put his everything into trying to make this team for the last 12-18 months. Through COVID, through sanctions and lockdowns, huge sacrifices have been made. We have chosen a group of 20 players, a team of 18 and 2 alternate players, who we believe gives us the best chance of defending our title as Junior World Cup Champions. It is a well-balanced side with a lot of flexibility and flare. The key to these guys performing on the big stage will be to trust in each other and trust in their preparation."

Reid also spoke of the team's ongoing preparations in Bhubaneswar where they are putting in the hard yards needed to succeed in the tournament. "The players have been thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to train for the last few days at Kalinga Hockey Stadium which has become an icon in our sport. Even though the ground will be empty, the Olympics have proven that the spectacle of hockey can still be enjoyed by everyone involved," he said, highlighting the team's excitement ahead of the tournament.

India begins their campaign on November 24 against France. They will take on Canada on the next day in their second match in the round robin league, followed by a match against Poland on November 27.

The knockout matches will take place between December 1 and 5 as the teams will look to become the champions of the prestigious quadrennial event. The other teams in the fray include Belgium, The Netherlands, Argentina, Germany, Canada, South Africa, Egypt, Pakistan, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, France, Chile, Spain and USA.

The India U-21 Team:

Shardanand Tiwari, Prashant Chauhan (GK), Sanjay (VC), Sudeep Chirmako, Rahul Kumar Rajbhar, Maninder Singh, Pawan (GK), Vishnukant Singh, Ankit Pal, Uttam Singh, Sunil Jojo, Manjeet, Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem, Vivek Sagar Prasad (C), Abhishek Lakra, Yashdeep Siwach, Gurmukh Singh and Araijeet Singh Hundal.

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