The defending champions will look to retain their title on home turf. (Refresh for latest updates)
Tokyo Olympics medalist Vivek Sagar Prasad is leading the title defence of India in the FIH Men’s Junior Hockey World Cup. The tournament is taking place at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha on Wednesday. India are the defending champions and only the second team to win multiple titles. The first one being Germany.
Fans are hoping for another title from the Indian junior hockey team. All eyes are on Vivek Sagar Prasad‘s leadership. The 21-year-old is a bronze medalist in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and a two-time ‘FIH Young Player of the Year’. The teams in the tournament are divided into four groups Pool A, Pool B, Pool C and Pool D – with four teams each. They will each play three pool matches, with the top two from each pool progressing to the quarter-finals of the tournament.
The first and second-placed teams from Pool A and Pool B will face each other in the last eight. And the third and fourth teams will play each in the classification rounds for their tournament placements. The Indian team is placed in Pool B and will face Poland, Canada and France in the pool stage. Out of all the opponents, France will be India’s toughest challenge in the pool stage. They will play them in their opening fixture.
Apart from India the other hockey teams to watch out for are Germany, Belgium, Argentina and the Netherlands.
India squad for the FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup 2021
Shardanand Tiwari, Prashant Chauhan (goalkeeper), Pawan (goalkeeper), Sanjay (vice-captain), Sudeep Chirmako, Rahul Kumar Rajbhar, Maninder Singh, Vishnukant Singh, Ankit Pal, Uttam Singh, Sunil Jojo, Manjeet, Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem, Vivek Sagar Prasad (captain), Abhishek Lakra, Yashdeep Siwach, Gurmukh Singh, Araijeet Singh Hundal.
Team India’s full schedule, fixtures and live match times for FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup 2021
24 November, Wednesday: India 4-5 France, Match Report
25 November, Thursday: Canada 1-13 India, Match Report
27 November, Saturday: India 8-2 Poland, Match Report
3 December, Friday: SF France 0(1)-0(3) Argentina
3 December, Friday: SF India 2-4 Germany, Live Updates here
December 5, Sunday: Third-place playoff -India 1-3 France, Match report
December 5, Sunday: Final -Germany 2-4 Argentina, Match report
Where to watch FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup 2021 live?
Live streaming of the FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup 2021 will be available on watch hockey from November 24-November 30. Matches from December 1 to 5 will be telecast live on the Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD and Star Sports 3 TV channels in India.
Live streaming from December 1 to 5 will also be available on the Disney+Hotstar website and mobile app.