The Indian men’s hockey team will kick start their campaign in the FIH Men’s Pro League with back-to-back matches. First they will go up against France tonight.
This will be followed by a match against hosts South Africa on the 9th. Both matches will be contested in the NWU Astro in Pochefstroom. The Men in Blue are scheduled to play four matches between February 8th and 13th.
The FIH Pro League 2021/22 season started on 16th October 2021 and will reach its conclusion this year. Belgium are currently at the top of the table with seven points, while England are a close second with six points. So, the Indian team will definitely look to start their campaign on a positive note. Putting up a good performance here will help India immensely, as they will face stiffer competition later, with teams like Belgium, England and Germany in the fray.
The Indian team have been in decent form of late. This is despite the fact that they did not win their last outing at the Men’s Asian Champions Trophy. In their defence, it can be said that they experimented with their second team. However this time around there is no such thing, as the Men in Blue are bringing their full force at the FIH Men’s Pro League.
Star goalkeeper PR Sreejesh has also returned to the side after being rested at the Asian Champions Trophy. In spite of that there are a few worries that plague the team. Forward Lalit Kumar Upadhyay and midfielder Jaskaran Singh will not be joining the team in South Africa because of illness. Standbys Sumit will replace Jaskaran in the midfield and Gursahibjit Singh will replace Lalit
Coach Graham Reid however isn’t too concerned, as he is confident about the ability of his team. Captain Manpreet Singh shared the same thoughts as well and said they plan to remain “upbeat” about their upcoming tests and are pretty eager to face the challenges ahead at the FIH Men’s Pro League.
09:00 PM IST: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the FIH Men’s Pro League match between India and France
India Squad for FIH Men’s Pro League
PR Sreejesh (GK), Krishan Pathak (GK), Harmanpreet Singh, Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Varun Kumar, Jarmanpreet Singh, Jugraj Singh,Manpreet Singh (C), Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Sumit, Shamsher Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Mandeep Singh, Gursabjit Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Shilanand Lakra, Dilpreet Singh, Abhishek.
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