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Hockey India League 2017 Team Overview: Dabang Mumbai

Vidhi Shah
FEATURED WRITER
1.13K   //    19 Jan 2017, 14:30 IST
The Dabang Mumbai team at a practice session ahead of the 2017 Hockey India League.

The fifth edition of the Hockey India League is all set to get underway this Saturday on the 21st of January. The tournament which is organised by Hockey India will see some of the best players from India and the world clash against each other is the six-team competition.

Considered as the richest hockey tournament in the world, matches will be held at six venues in India for a little over a month’s duration with the final encounter set to be staged on February 26. The opening clash will feature Ranchi Rays lock horns against Dabang Mumbai, at the latter’s home ground in the Maximum City. 

Tournament record

Sandeep Singh Mumbai
Sandeep Singh as the leader of the team in the early seasons

2013- With the erstwhile owners Dabur, the Mumbai outfit finished last on the league table in the inaugural season with just one win in 12 matches, but their forward Sandeep Singh, led the scoring tally with 11 penalty corner conversions. 

2014- In the second edition, the Mumbai Magicians went one place better to finish on the fourth position with Sandeep repeating his feat from the past season and emerging as the highest goal-scorer yet again. 

2015 It was yet another disappointing season for Mumbai, with a bottom of the table finish, the only thing they could take heart from was the emergence of young gun Harmanpreet Singh who shined throughout the season for the team.

2016- The team missed qualifying for the semi-finals by a small margin as it all boiled to one final pool game enocunter which they failed to win. A fifth-place finish on the points table did not do justice to their run in the tournament with two great record-breaking matches that they played. They first thrashed the Ranchi Rays 7-5 and then overcame the Delhi Waveriders 8-3 to amass the second biggest score difference last season in the world's biggest hockey league. It was also their biggest win in HIL history. 

Key players

Harmanpreet Singh’s performances will be key to Mumbai’s scheme of things.

Florian Fuchs

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He will be the captain of the side in the absence of the injured Matthew Swann. The 25-year old German forward will lead the attacking charge of The Alphas, akin to the last season. His natural dribbling skills and goal-scoring prowess make him a marquee player to watch out during the course of the league. 

Harmanpreet Singh 

Drag-flicker, goal machine, Olympian and World Cup winner and all just 21-years old! Harmanpreet Singh is one of the brightest prospects of Indian hockey shuttling across the junior and senior team as per requirements since the past two years. Coming off a World Cup-winning campaign with the Junior team, Harmanpreet will play an important role in Mumbai’s campaign this season. 

Sander de Wijn 

The Dutch international who was a silver medallist at the London Olympics will play as a centre-back for Dabang Mumbai. With experience and skills by his side, he will play the role of an anchor in defence. 

Affan Yousuf 

A natural left-winger, Affan has been in prime form in the capacity of a forward and has cemented his place in the Indian senior team. He had a particularly successful outing in the recent test series against Australia, where the youngster scored on more than a couple of occasions, and will looking to carry that form into the HIL.

Fixtures

Date

Time

Home Team

Away Team

Venue

Saturday 21 January

19:00

Dabang Mumbai

Ranchi Rays

Mumbai

Tuesday 24 January

19:00

Dabang Mumbai

Uttar Pradesh Wizards

Mumbai

Friday 27 January

19:00

Dabang Mumbai

Jaypee Punjab Warriors

Mumbai

Monday 30 January

19:00

Dabang Mumbai

Delhi Waveriders

Mumbai

Tuesday 31 January

19:00

Dabang Mumbai

Kalinga Lancers

Mumbai

Thursday 2 February

19:00

Ranchi Rays

Dabang Mumbai

Ranchi

Sunday 5 February

19:00

Kalinga Lancers

Dabang Mumbai

Bhubaneswar

Saturday 11 February

19:00

Jaypee Punjab Warriors

Dabang Mumbai

Chandigarh

Wednesday 15 February

19:00

Delhi Waveriders

Dabang Mumbai

Delhi

Wednesday 22 February

19:00

Uttar Pradesh Wizards

Dabang Mumbai

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Squad

Goalkeepers: David Harte (Ireland), Krishan B Pathak (India)

Defenders: Harmanpreet Singh (India), Gurmail Singh (India), Jeremy Hayward (India), Emmanuel Stockbroekx (Belgium), Sander De Wijn (Netherlands)

Midfielders: Tyron Pereira (India), Manpreet Singh (India), Robbert Kemperman (Netherlands), Kieran Govers (Australia), Vikas Sharma (India), Danish Mujtaba (India), S H Nilakanta Sharma (India)

Forwards: Roshan Minz (India), Affan Yousuf (India), Chandanda Aiyanna, Nikkin Thimmaiah (India), Gurjant Singh (India)

Coach: Jay Stacy

Home Stadium: Mahindra Hockey Stadium

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