The Indian team is grouped in Pool B along with Pakistan, Malaysia, Wales and England and will begin its campaign on April 7 against Pakistan. Midfielder Chinglensana Singh Kangujam will be the vice-captain of the team. It was under Manpreet’s leadership that the Indian team lifted the Asia Cup in 2017 followed by a bronze medal at the Hockey World League Final in Bhubaneswar last year.
Drag-flick expert Rupinder Pal Singh will form India’s wall of defence along with Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Kothajit Singh, Gurinder Singh and Amit Rohidas, while the goalpost will be guarded by India’s experienced goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, who made a strong comeback during the New Zealand Tour. He will be backed by the 22-year-old Suraj Karkera who played a crucial part in the team’s good show in Bhubaneswar last year.
GOALKEEPERS: Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran, Suraj Karkera DEFENDERS: Rupinder Pal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Kothajit Singh Kadangbam, Gurinder Singh, Amit Rohidas MIDFIELDERS: Manpreet Singh (CAPTAIN), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (VC), Sumit, Vivek Sagar Prasad FORWARDS: Akashdeep Singh, Sunil Sowmarpet Vitalacharya