FIH Pro League 2020: Manpreet Singh to lead 24-man India squad against second-ranked Australia

  • Manpreet Singh will lead India against Australia, while Harmanpreet Singh has been appointed vice-captain

  • India posted a 2-1 win over world champions Belgium in the first Pro League match, while losing 2-3 in the second game

  • The two legs of the India-Australia Pro League clash will take place on 21 and 22 February respectively

New Delhi: Manpreet Singh will lead India in the upcoming FIH Pro League matches against world No 2 Australia, a 24-member team for which was announced by Hockey India on Tuesday.

Harmanpreet Singh will shoulder the duties of the vice captain in the matches, scheduled to take place on 21 and 22 February at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

 FIH Pro League 2020: Manpreet Singh to lead 24-man India squad against second-ranked Australia

File image of Indian men's hockey team's captain Manpreet Singh. Image courtesy: Hockey India

The Indian team, which recently climbed to No 4 in the FIH World Rankings, had posted a 2-1 win over world champions Belgium in the first Pro League match, while losing 2-3 in the second game.

The 24-member squad will comprise goalkeepers PR Sreejesh and Krishan Pathak, besides outfielders Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Birendra Lakra, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Gurinder Singh and Rupinder Pal Singh.

Vivek Sagar Prasad, Hardik Singh, Chinglensana Singh, Raj Kumar Pal, Akashdeep Singh, Sumit, Lalit Upadhyay, Gursahibjit Singh, Dilpreet Singh, SV Sunil, Jarmanpreet Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Nilakanta Singh, and Ramandeep Singh, are also part of the squad.

"After having two high intensity matches against the world champions, we will be facing another strong team in Australia," chief coach Graham Reid said.

"We have again gone with a strong group of players who can provide us with a good balance throughout the field, and help us in competing against one of the best teams in the world," he added.

India squad: Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran, Krishan Pathak, Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Birendra Lakra, Harmanpreet Singh (Vice Captain), Varun Kumar, Gurinder Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Manpreet Singh (Captain), Vivek Sagar Prasad, Hardik Singh, Chinglensana Singh, Raj Kumar Pal, Akashdeep Singh, Sumit, Lalit Upadhyay, Gursahibjit Singh, Dilpreet Singh, SV Sunil, Jarmanpreet Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Ramandeep Singh.

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Updated Date: Feb 18, 2020 12:49:56 IST