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Two Odia in India team for Hockey world Cup
Sportslogon Team November 8th 2018


Bhubaneswar : Two Odia defender Birendra Lakra and Amit Rohidashas been named among the 18-member Indian team, being announced in Thursday by Hockey India, the team will represent the host nation at the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 to begin on November 28 here at the iconic Kalinga Stadium. The team will be led by Manpreet Singh while the Vice Captain is Chinglensana Singh Kangujam.

The Indian team scheduled to begin their campaign against South Africa on the opening day features PR Sreejesh and Krishan Bahadur Pathak as goalkeepers.

Odisha's experienced defender Birendra Lakra, who makes a comeback into the team after missing out the Hero Asian Champions Trophy in Muscat last month due to rehabilitation, will be joined by fellow Odia Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Kothajit Singh and 2016 Junior World Cup winners Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar to form India's defence with three of them specialized as dragflickers.

India grouped in Pool C along with World No.3 Belgium, Canada and South Africa will need to finish on top of the pool to secure a place in the Quarter Final.

"We have chosen the best available combinations for the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018. We had to make some tough decisions to select 18 out of a very strong pool of 34 players. The final 18 are a mix of experienced and youth and have been selected on the basis of their current form and fitness. These players have consistently shown their potential in the lead up to the showpiece event and I am confident India will put up a fighting performance," asserted Chief Coach Harendra Singh.

The core group of 34 will continue to train in Bhubaneswar till 23 November 2018 after which the team will finalise its preparations for the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018.

Indian squad: Goalkeepers; P R Sreejesh, Krishan Bahadur Pathak, Defenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Varun Kumar, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas, mid-fielder: Manpreet Singh (Captain), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (Vice Captain), Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Sumit, Forwards: Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Simranjeet Singh .
This news was added and updated on : November 8th 2018
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