Hockey India Names 18-member Indian Men’s Hockey Team for Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018

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Bhubaneswar: Hockey India on Thursday named the 18-member Indian Men’s Hockey Team, who will represent the host nation at the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018, scheduled to begin on November 28 at the Kalinga Stadium, here.

The team will be led by Manpreet Singh while the Vice Captain is Chinglensana Singh Kangujam.

The Indian team scheduled to begin their campaign against South Africa on the opening day features PR Sreejesh and Krishan Bahadur Pathak as goalkeepers. 

Odisha’s experienced defender Birendra Lakra, will be joined by fellow Odia Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Kothajit Singh and 2016 Junior World Cup winners Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar to form India’s defense with three of them specialized as dragflickers.

The midfield will see the dynamic Manpreet Singh who played a pivotal role in India’s campaign as defending Champions at the Hero Asian Champions Trophy. Chinglensana Singh Kangujam will add to the experience in the center along with young guns Sumit, Nilakanta Sharma also of the Junior World Cup team and Hardik Singh, who made his International debut last month. 

The forward line will see the experienced Akashdeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Lalit Upadhyay and Junior World Cup winners Mandeep Singh and Simranjeet Singh.