New Delhi: Hockey India announces the 18-member Indian Men’s Hockey squad for Commonwealth Games 2022. Commonwealth Games are scheduled to begin on 29th July in Birmingham. India is in pool B with England, Canada, Wales and Ghana, India will begin their campaign on 31st July against Ghana.
Manpreet Singh, who led the Indian team to a historic Bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo last year will lead the team in Commonwealth Games 2022. Harmanpreet Singh who is the highest goal scorer of the FIH Hockey Pro League has been named the Vice-Captain of the team.
The squad includes the experienced goalkeeper PR Sreejesh and Krishan B Pathak, who returns to the team after a brief injury break. Defenders Varun Kumar, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Amit Rohidas, Jugraj Singh and Jarmanpreet Singh have been named in the team. The midfield includes the experience of Manpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Shamsher Singh, Akashdeep Singh and Nilakanta Sharma. While experienced strikers Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Gurjant Singh and Abhishek will lead the charge in attack.
In their previous outing at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, India suffered disappointment finishing fourth, however, after an impressive outing in the FIH Pro League this year, the Indian team is poised to achieve success in Birmingham.
Speaking about the team selection, Chief Coach Graham Reid said, “We have gone with a tried-and-tested team for the Commonwealth Games. These players have the experience of playing top teams in high pressure games in the FIH Pro League which was a good exposure for us ahead of the prestigious quadrennial event.”
“After a brief break when we return home from Netherlands, we will resume camp in SAI, Bengaluru where we will analyze our performance against Belgium and Netherlands. While there are many takeaways from this outing in FIH Pro League, there surely are a few areas that we can improve upon ahead of the Commonwealth Games,” asserted Reid.
Indian Men’s Team for CWG:
2.Krishan Bahadur Pathak
5.Harmanpreet Singh (VC)
9.Manpreet Singh (C)
11.Vivek Sagar Prasad
17.Lalit Kumar Upadhyay
From Hockey India inputs