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Indian Men's Hockey Team


The Indian Men's National Hockey Team became the first non-European team to be a part of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and in 1928 they won their maiden Olympics gold medal. They continued their domination in the Olympics till 1956 as they went on to win six straight gold medals during this time. The Indian men’s hockey team is also the most successful team ever in the Olympics, as they have won eight gold, one silver and two bronze medals till now.

The Indian team is currently at the fifth position in the FIH rankings which is the highest for them. It is currently managed by Arjun Halappa while Manpreet Singh is the captain of the side. From February 2018, the Government of Odisha started sponsoring the Indian National Field Hockey Team, both men’s and women’s. In a first-of-its-kind association, the state has decided to support the India's field hockey team for the next five years.

Current Roster

Here is the list of 32 players who are part of the core team in 2018:

PositionName of the PlayerDate of Birth
GKAkash Chikte24 July 1992
GKSuraj Karkera14 October 1995
GKP.R. Sreejesh8 May 1986
GKKrishan Pathak24 April 1997
DFHarmanpreet Singh6 January 1996
DFRupinder Pal Singh11 November 1990
DFSurender Kumar23 November 1993
DFDipsan Tirkey15 October 1998
DFVarun Kumar25 July 1995
DFGurinder Singh1 July 1995
DFNilam Sanjeep Xess7 November 1998
DFBirendra Lakra3 February 1990
DFAmit Rohidas10 May 1993
MFKothajit Khadangbam17 August 1992
MFManpreet Singh26 June 1992
MFSimranjeet Singh27 December 1996
MFS.K. Uthappa2 December 1993
MFSumit20 December 1996
MFNilkanta Sharma2 May 1995
MFHarjeet Singh2 January 1996
MFSatbir Singh22 October 1993
MFChinglensana Kangujam2 December 1991
FWGurjant Singh26 January 1995
FWArmaan Qureshi1 January 1995
FWMandeep Singh 25 January 1995
FWLalit Upadhyay1 December 1993
FWLalwinder Singh1 January 1994
FWS.V. Sunil6 May 1989
FWAkashdeep Singh2 December 1994
FWSumit Kumar11 May 1997
FWAffan Yousuf29 December 1994
FWRamandeep Singh1 April 1993

Here are the other players who are part of the team as reserves:

PositionName of the PlayerDate of Birth
DFMandeep Mor16 March 1999
DFJarmanpreet Singh18 July 1996
DFHardik Singh23 September 1998
MFVivek Prasad25 February 2000
FWDilpreet Singh12 November 1999
FWShilanand Lakra5 May 1999

Support Staff

Head coach: Harendra Singh

Assistant coaches: Jugraj Singh

Analytical coach: Chris Ciriello

High-performance director: David John

Scientific advisor: Scott Conway

Notable Former Players

Jaipal Singh Munda, Dhyan Chand, Richard Allen, Joseph Galibardy, Udham Singh, Ajit Pal Singh, Zafar Iqbal, Vasudevan Baskaran Dhanraj Pillay, Dilip Tirkey, Adrian D'Souza, Bimal Lakra, Aslam Sher Khan Bharat Chettri, Habinder Singh, Sandeep Singh etc.

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