New Delhi, May 19: Odia Hockey player Amit Rohidas has been named as the captain for the Indian Hockey team in the last leg of the FIH Hockey Pro League, that will be played in Belgium and Netherlands. Harmanpreet Singh has been appointed as the vice-captain in same squad.
India will be facing Belgium on 11th and 12th June in Antwerp, Belgium followed by matches against the Netherlands on 18th and 19th June in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Goalkeepers Suraj Karkera, Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran, defenders Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar are among the other key players in the 20-member squad.
Midfield features experienced Manpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Shamsher Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Akashdeep Singh and Nilakanta Sharma while the forward-line includes Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Shilanand Lakra, Sukhjeet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay and Abhishek.
Team India’s coach, Graham Reid said that the matches against top teams like Netherlands and Belgium in their home turf might be challenging. However, he looks forward to carry on the quality game the Indian team has showed here in the home country.
“This is the most important stage of the FIH Hockey Pro League with matches against the top teams of the world at their home ground. The plan is to carry forward our momentum from the home games in India,” coach Reid said.
“During our national camp here in SAI, Bengaluru, we have had the time to introspect on our performance in the league so far and we are focused on putting up an improved performance in Europe. The team continues to remain more or less the same with no major changes. Each one of them have prior experience of playing the Pro League and are upbeat to get on with the matches against Belgium and Netherlands.” Reid added.