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Team focus: Hockey India League - Delhi Waveriders

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Being true to their name, Delhi Waveriders have indeed created waves with their scintillating performances in both the previous editions of HIL.Finishing runners-up in the inaugural year and then taking up a notch and winning it last year, the incumbent champions are ready for an encore.

A team comprising of quality players in every department and being led by the “Sangfroid Sardar” Singh, it would be an uphill battle for the other challengers to dislodge the reigning champions from their throne.

TEAM OVERVIEW

Owner: Wave group and John Abraham

Head Coach: Cedric D’ souza

Manager: Ajit Pal Singh

Captain: Sardar Singh

Home Stadium: Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Delhi (Capacity – 16,200)

TEAM COMPOSITION

Player

Nationality

Position

Rassie Pieterse

South Africa 

Goalkeeper

Gurpreet Singh

India

Goalkeeper

Pirman Blaak

Netherlands

Goalkeeper

Yuvraj Walmiki

India

Forward

Danish Mujtaba

India

Forward

Lloyd Norris Jones

South Africa

Forward

Jason Wilson

Australia

Forward

Simon Child

New Zealand

Forward

Akashdeep

India

Forward

Imran Khan

India

Forward

Talwinder Singh

India

Forward

Matt Ghodes

Australia

Forward

Armaan Qureshi

India

Forward

G.S Chandi

India

Forward

Rupinderpal Singh

India

Defender

Tristan White

Australia

Defender

Andrew Hayward

New Zealand

Defender

Surender Kumar

India

Defender

Steven Edwards

New Zealand

Defender

Divakar Ram

India

Defender

Gurbaj Singh

India

Midfielder

Timmothy Drummond

South Africa

Defender/Midfielder

B.K Kerketta

India

Midfielder

Sardar Singh

India

Midfielder

Past Performances

With just two losses each in both the 2013 & 2014 season and a overall win percentage of 72%, Waveriders are the epitome of consistency. Known for their flawless game, they have hardly put a foot wrong in any of the previous campaigns.

Key Players

Defence

In defence Waveriders have India’s first-choice fullback – the lanky Rupinder Pal Singh. He is also the overall top goalscorer for the Delhi side. All his drag flicks are pernicious in nature and a sure goal threat.

Partnering him at the back are seasoned player like Tristan White, Steven Edward and a new addition in New Zealand stopper Andrew Hayward. Delhi’s defence looks very settled. Opponents would have to produce something special in order to break this fortress.

Midfield

The biggest advantage that Delhi have and the other teams don’t is their midfield maestro – Sardar Singh. The captain cool is the fulcrum of Delhi’s midfield and the whole game revolves around him. His telescopic eyes sees passes which others fail to spot. His ability to control the pace of the game and keep possession of the ball has helped the team considerably.

Nevertheless he also has the able support of Gurbaj Singh, Timmothy Drummand and B.K Kerkatta.

Forward

One thing the Waveriders have in abundance is quality forwards. Brilliant youngsters like Danish Murjtaba,Yuvraj Walmiki,G.S. Chandi and Indian team’s protagonist of 2014 – Akashdeep Singh.

Akashdeep is in the form of his life and would be itching to prove his goalscoring prowess. Among foreign recruits, New Zealand’s Simon Child and Australian Jason Wilson will add further firepower to this enviable forward line.

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