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Hockey World Cup 2018: Hockey India Announces Manpreet Singh-Led 18-Member Squad For World Cup; Rupinder Pal Singh, SV Sunil Excluded From

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Manpreet Singh will lead India’s 18-member hockey squad for the FIH World Cup starting in Bhubaneswar on November 28 however the skilled Rupinder Pal Singh and SV Sunil missed out from the staff introduced on Thursday. Veteran striker Sunil’s participation within the mega occasion was all the time unsure ever since he picked up a knee damage in the course of the nationwide camp within the lead as much as the Asian Champions Trophy held in Muscat final month.

Rupinder Pal has been ignored once more after being dropped from the continental occasion final month. Sunil too didn’t play within the match through which India had been declared joint winners with Pakistan after rain performed spoilsport on the ultimate day. The Indian staff, which can play their towards South Africa on opening day, options PR Sreejesh and Krishan Bahadur Pathak as goalkeepers. Manpreet’s deputy can be Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Hockey India mentioned in an announcement.

Odisha’s skilled defender Birendra Lakra, who makes a comeback into the staff after lacking out in Muscat attributable to rehabilitation, Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Kothajit Singh, 2016 Junior World Cup winners Harmanpreet Singh and Varun Kumar will type India’s defence with three of them being drag-flick specialists.

The midfield will function the dynamic Manpreet, who performed a pivotal position in India’s marketing campaign as defending champions on the Asian Champions Trophy. Chinglensana will add to the expertise within the centre together with younger weapons Sumit, Nilakanta Sharma and Hardik Singh, who made his worldwide debut final month.

The ahead line has the skilled Akashdeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Lalit Upadhyay and Junior World Cup winners Mandeep Singh, Simranjeet Singh. India, grouped in Pool C together with World No.three Belgium, Canada and South Africa, might want to end on high of the pool to safe a spot within the quarterfinals.

“We now have chosen the very best out there combos for the World Cup. We needed to make some powerful choices to pick out 18 out of a really sturdy pool of 34 gamers,” asserted Chief Coach Harendra Singh. “The ultimate 18 are a mixture of skilled and youth and have been chosen on the idea of their present type and health.
“These gamers have persistently proven their potential within the lead as much as the showpiece occasion and I’m assured India will put up a combating efficiency,” he added. The core group of 34 will proceed to coach in Bhubaneswar until November 23 earlier than it performs its World Cup opener. Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh, Krishan Bahadur Pathak

Squad: Defenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Varun Kumar, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas

Midfielders: Manpreet Singh (Captain), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (Vice Captain), Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Sumit

Forwards: Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Simranjeet Singh.

(With PTI Inputs)

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