India midfielder Manpreet Singh will assume control over the captaincy from PR Sreejesh in the Asian Champions Trophy in Muscat one month from now, denoting the hockey group’s first significant competition after the retirement of Sardar Singh.
Hockey India on Wednesday named the 18-part group starting on 18 October.
India will go into the competition as the shielding champions after they won the 2016 version when they beat Pakistan 3-2 in the last in Kauntan, Malaysia.
Chinglensana Singh has been named Manpreet’s agent. Close by experienced goalkeeper in Sreejesh, the group additionally includes youthful goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak, while the guarded unit will see prepared protector Kothajit Singh Khadangbam make a rebound.
Harmanpreet Singh, Gurinder Singh, Varun Kumar, Surender Kumar and Jarmanpreet Singh will likewise be associated with India’s guard while 20-year-old Hardik Singh will make his presentation for the senior group.
Captain Manpreet, the beneficiary of the current year’s Arjuna Award, will be capable of directing the midfield alongside the accomplished Chinglensana.
The midfield team will be joined by Lalit Kumar Upadhyay while Nilakanta Sharma and Sumit will likewise make a rebound into the side.
India’s forward-line will see 23-year-old striker Gurjant Singh come back to the squad while Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh and Dilpreet Singh will want to score a lot of objectives in Oman to enable India to hold the title.
Talking on the group’s piece, boss mentor Harendra Singh stated: “I trust we have an extraordinary blend of players in this 18-part group as there is a correct harmony among youth and experience.
“The tournament gives us the last chance to test a few players before the World Cup Bhubaneswar and I’m sure that these players will produce the results in Oman. It is important we stick to our plans and have a good outing in this tournament so that we can wash away the bad memories of the Asian Games,” he said.
The Indian group will keep on preparing in Bhubaneswar for the following three weeks as they are experiencing a camp, after which they will leave for the Asian Champions Trophy.
The World No. 5 group will be up against any semblance of Malaysia, Pakistan, South Korea, Japan and has Oman, with every one of the groups playing round-robin matches to advance to the elimination rounds.
Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh, Krishan Bahadur Pathak
Defenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Gurinder Singh, Varun Kumar, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Surender Kumar, Jarmanpreet Singh, Hardik Singh
Midfielders: Manpreet Singh (Captain), Sumit Nilakanta Sharma, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (Vice Captain)
Forwards: Akashdeep Singh, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh.