India Men’s Hockey Team will open their campaign at the Hero Asia Cup 2022 in a clash against rivals Pakistan at the GBK Sports Complex Hockey Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday (23 May, 2022). The defending champions India will be led by Olympic medallist Birendra Lakra with experienced striker and a veteran of four Asia Cups, SV Sunil, as his deputy.
India, Japan, Pakistan and hosts Indonesia are clubbed in Pool A while Malaysia, Korea, Oman and Bangladesh are grouped in Pool B in the Hero Asia Cup 2022, which is a World Cup qualifier event. Both India and Pakistan have won the prestigious tournament three times each, while South Korea is the most successful team having clinched the title four times out of 10 previous editions.
India are the defending champions and will kickstart their campaign against archrivals Pakistan. Many of the top Indian players are giving the tournament a miss, giving the next crop a chance to make their mark.
The Men in Blue will look to finish on the podium and provide positive momentum to their 2023 FIH World Cup campaign.
Sardar Singh will be the coach of the Indian hockey team with plenty of fresh faces. It is a side that features fringe players and will be led by Birendra Lakra.
Goalkeepers: Pankaj Kumar Rajak, Suraj Karkera
Defenders: Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Yashdeep Siwach, Abhishek Lakra, Birendra Lakra (C), Manjeet, Dipsan Tirkey
Midfielders: Vishnukant Singh, Raj Kumar Pal, Mareeswaren Sakthivel, Sheshe Gowda BM, Simranjeet Singh
Forwards: Pawan Rajbhar, Abharan Sudev, SV Sunil (Vice-Captain), Uttam Singh, S Karthi
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