Hockey India have announced the 18-member Indian team squad for the prestigious Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games which will kick-off from April 04.
In the 18-member squad, the federation have named midfielder Manpreet Singh as the captain of the side while Chinglensana Singh Kangujam will represent the team as vice-captain.
This is not going to be the first time that Manpreet will lead the Indian men’s team as under his captaincy the team have already won the coveted Asia Cup 2017 followed by a bronze medal feat at the Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017.
By becoming the captain, the 25-year-old yet again replaced Sardar Singh who will miss the Games due to fitness issues.
India, who have been the runners-up at the last two Commonwealth Games, have been placed in Group B alongside Pakistan, England, Malaysia and Wales. They open their campaign against Pakistan, now coached by former India coach Roelant Oltmans, on April 7.
“This team has been picked keeping in mind the team’s performance in the previous tournaments since the Asia Cup 2017. We have tried out different combinations in the past events and we believe this will be the most effective combination for the Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games,” asserted Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne.
“Our first aim is to do well in the group stage because we have some strong teams in our Pool. It’s extremely crucial to top our table and make the Semis but if we do meet Australia in the knockouts, I believe we will be up for a strong challenge.” said the 25-year-old Manpreet Singh.
Here is the full 18-member squad:
1. Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran
2. Suraj Karkera
3. Rupinder Pal Singh
4. Harmanpreet Singh
5. Varun Kumar
6. Kothajit Singh Kadangbam
7. Gurinder Singh
8. Amit Rohidas
9. Manpreet Singh(C)
10. Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (VC)
12. Vivek Sagar Prasad
13. Akashdeep Singh
14. Sunil Sowmarpet Vitalacharya