The Asian Champions Trophy was ideal preparation for the World Cup and the Indian camp will be the last chance for probables to prove their mettle before the squad is finalised, said Indian hockey team coach Harendra Singh.
“Our campaign at the ACT Muscat 2018 served as a good preparation ahead of the World Cup, but now is the most critical time for us as we look to reinvigorate our spirits and work on areas which need improvement,” Harendra said.
“The camp will give all the 34 core group players the chance to work hard and show what edge they can provide to the team. It is now time for all of them to step up and show what they can bring to the table.”
Having returned joint winners along with Pakistan from the recently-concluded Asian Champions Trophy, the team will undergo intense training sessions under Harendra. The 34-member core group includes three goalkeepers - PR Sreejesh, Suraj Karkera and Krishan Pathak while defenders Harmanpreet Singh, Gurinder Singh, Varun Kumar, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Jarmanpreet Singh, Pardeep Singh, Suman Beck and Mandeep Mor have been called up for the camp.
Among midfielders, Manpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Sumit, Simranjeet Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Yashdeep Siwach and Vishal Antil have all been selected. Akashdeep Singh, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Sumit Kumar, Gursahibjit Singh and Shilanand Lakra will fight it out for slots in the forward line.
Ace striker Ramandeep Singh along with seasoned defenders Rupinder Pal Singh and Birendra Lakra have also been included in the camp.