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Vivek Sagar Prasad Named Captain of 18-member India Squad

Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Vivek Sagar Prasad was on Thursday named as captain of the 18-member Indian crew that may defend its title on the FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup to be held at Bhubaneswar from November 24.

The occasion, slated to finish on December 5, will witness 16 groups from throughout the globe vie for the honours which had been final received by India at Lucknow in 2016.

Hockey India on Thursday named the 18-member Indian junior males’s hockey crew for the occasion with Vivek Sagar Prasad as captain and defender Sanjay, who was a part of the India U-18 crew that received silver on the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Buenos Aires, as vice-captain. The choice trials ended on Wednesday.

The 18-member crew consists of Shardanand Tiwari, Prashant Chauhan, Sudeep Chirmako, Rahul Kumar Rajbhar, Maninder Singh, Pawan, Vishnukant Singh, Ankit Pal, Uttam Singh, Sunil Jojo, Manjeet, Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem, Abhishek Lakra, Yashdeep Siwach, Gurmukh Singh, and Araijeet Singh Hundal.

Dinachandra Singh Moirangthem and Boby Singh Dhami have been chosen as alternate gamers who will probably be allowed to play provided that there may be an harm or somebody within the 18-member squad is dominated out of the match resulting from Covid-19, Hockey India mentioned in a launch on Thursday.

Speaking concerning the crew choice, Chief Coach Men, Graham Reid mentioned, “To select the most effective 18 gamers to symbolize their nation is likely one of the hardest issues to do in sport. Each of those guys have put their all the things into attempting to make this crew for the final 12-18 months. Through Covid, by sanctions and lockdowns, big sacrifices have been made.”

“We have chosen a bunch of 20 gamers, a crew of 18, and two alternate gamers, who we imagine offers us the most effective likelihood of defending our title as Junior World Cup Champions. It is a well-balanced facet with plenty of flexibility and flare. The key to those guys acting on the large stage will probably be to belief in one another and belief of their preparation,” Reid was quoted as saying within the Hockey India launch.

Reid additional spoke of the crew’s ongoing preparations in Bhubaneswar the place they’re placing within the laborious yards wanted to achieve the match. “The gamers have been completely having fun with the chance to coach for the previous few days at Kalinga Hockey Stadium. Even although the bottom will probably be empty, the Olympics have confirmed that the spectacle of hockey can nonetheless be loved by everybody concerned,” Reid mentioned.

India begin their marketing campaign on November 24 in opposition to France and can tackle Canada on the following day within the round-robin league. Their final league match within the four-team pool will probably be in opposition to Poland on November 27. The high two groups from the preliminary spherical teams will qualify for the knockout quarterfinals, which will probably be performed on December 1.

Among the opposite groups within the fray are Belgium, The Netherlands, Argentina, Germany, Canada, South Africa, Egypt, Pakistan, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, France, Chile, Spain, and USA.

The India U-21 Team:

Shardanand Tiwari, Prashant Chauhan (GK), Sanjay (VC), Sudeep Chirmako, Rahul Kumar Rajbhar, Maninder Singh, Pawan (GK), Vishnukant Singh, Ankit Pal, Uttam Singh, Sunil Jojo, Manjeet, Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem, Vivek Sagar Prasad (C), Abhishek Lakra, Yashdeep Siwach, Gurmukh Singh, Araijeet Singh Hundal.

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