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Indian Men's Hockey team returns from Australia Tour and joins National Camp in Bhubaneswar

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20 May 2019, 10:07 IST

Bhubaneswar, 19 May 2019: As the Indian Men's Hockey team returned from their Australian Tour 2019, Hockey India on Sunday named a list of 32 players for the Senior Men's National Camp to begin at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium, Bhubaneswar on 20 May to prepare for the upcoming FIH Men's Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha 2019 starting on 6th June 2019.

Hockey India has retained all the 18 players of the Indian Team that took part at the recently concluded Australian Tour where the team won two matches against WA Thundersticks and Australia 'A' respectively, drew another match against Australia 'A' and lost the last two matches against the World No. 2 Australian Team.

The list for the National camp includes Goalkeepers PR Sreejesh, Suraj Karkera and Krishan Bahadur Pathak have been called up, while Defenders Harmanpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Varun Kumar, Rupinder Pal Singh, Gurinder Singh, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Jarmanpreet Singh, have all been called up. Manpreet Singh, Sumit, Nilakanta Sharma, Jaskaran Singh, Hardik Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Ashis Kumar Topno, Sayyad Niyaz Rahim, Rajkumar Pal are the Midfielders who will take part in the National Camp. Forwards Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Shilanand Lakra, Gursahibjit Singh, Shamsher Singh, Armaan Qureshi, Sumit Kumar, Simranjeet Singh, SV Sunil and Gurjant Singh have also been called up by Chief Coach Graham Reid.

Speaking on the recently concluded Australian Tour, Chief Coach Graham Reid said that the tour was an opportunity for him to understand his team better. "It was good to get a view of where the team is at, compared to the World Number 2 side. They have been playing against world-class oppositions on a regular basis in the FIH Pro-League since the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018, and this showed up in our two matches against them. For me, those matches provided a good benchmark as to the level we have to be at as we move towards the Olympic qualification. So, in terms of preparation for our upcoming FIH Men's Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha 2019 in Bhubaneswar, the tour was ideal. It provided me a great opportunity to view players at much closer quarters and under the pressure of a world-class team. Our first quarter in the first Match on Wednesday night showed me the level this team can play, we just need to do that on a more consistent basis. Not only across quarters but across games," said Reid.

The 55-year-old Australian said that his team is focused on improving their attacking. He said, "Our ability to score goals under tight marking pressure will be critical if we are to close the gap with teams like Australia. Over the next few weeks in Bhubaneswar during our National Camp, we need to create as many opportunities as possible for our attackers to experience this tight pressure. It will also be critical for our defenders to keep improving this area from a defensive point of view. With speed and power becoming the dominant forces in World Hockey, we also need to keep improving in these areas. These are longer term goals but we still need to keep the focus on these areas."

On his plans to tackle the hot conditions in Bhubaneswar during the upcoming National Camp, Reid said, "This first week back will be a lighter week for the whole group as the non-traveling group has also been training hard over the last two weeks in Bengaluru and will need to refresh as well. It will give us a chance to work on skills that we have identified during the Australian Tour. Bhubaneswar is very hot this time of the year so we will be training early morning and later at night to avoid the heat."

Apart from the 32 Core Probables, four players namely Dipsan Tirkey, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay and Ramandeep Singh are undergoing their rehabilitation process at SAI, Bengaluru.

 

List of Campers

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Goalkeepers: 

1. PR Sreejesh 
2. Suraj Karkera 
3. Krishan Bahadur Pathak

 

Defenders: 

4. Harmanpreet Singh 
5. Birendra Lakra
6. Surender Kumar
7. Amit Rohidas
8. Varun Kumar
9. Rupinder Pal Singh
10. Gurinder Singh
11. Kothajit Singh Khadangbam
12. Nilam Sanjeep Xess
13. Jarmanpreet Singh

 

Midfielders: 

14. Manpreet Singh 
15. Sumit
16. Nilakanta Sharma
17. Jaskaran Singh 
18. Hardik Singh 
19. Vivek Sagar Prasad
20. Ashis Kumar Topno
21. Sayyad Niyaz Rahim
22. Rajkumar Pal

 

Forwards:

23. Mandeep Singh
24. Akashdeep Singh 
25. Shilanand Lakra 
26. Gursahibjit Singh 
27. Shamsher Singh
28. Armaan Qureshi 
29. Sumit Kumar
30. Simranjeet Singh
31. SV Sunil
32. Gurjant Singh
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