The Sardar Singh-led Indian men’s hockey team left for Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday to take part in the upcoming Commonwealth Games beginning July 23.
The 16-member squad features striker Gurwinder Singh Chandi, who marks a return to the Indian men’s hockey team after being out of competitive action for more than a year for the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be held at Glasgow, Scotland from 23 July to August 3.
Another player making a return to the national fold after an injury-forced absence in the 16-man squad to be led by Sardar Singh, is Danish Mujtaba. Two players – Ramandeep Singh and Nikkin Thimmaiah – who sustained injuries on the eve of the 2014 World Cup and missed the event, have recuperated and are included in the side. The forwardline is conspicuous by the absence of Mandeep Singh, while Lalit Upadhyay and Yuvraj Walmiki, who both played in the World Cup as late replacements for the ininjured duo of Ramandeep Singh and Nikkin Thimmaiah find themselves out of the squad.
Jasjit Singh, who made his senior international debut at the recent World Cup is excluded along with reserve goalkeeper Harjot Singh as the squad has only one goalkeeper. Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, who recently became a father, was named the vice-captain of the side and takes over the role from Rupinder Pal Singh who was Sardar’s deputy in the World Cup.
The squad: Goalkeepers: P R Sreejesh (vice-captain); Defenders: Rupinder Pal Singh, V R Raghunath; Midfielders: Birendra Lakra, Gurbaj Singh, Kothajit Singh, Sardar Singh (captain), Danish Mujtaba, Manpreet Singh; Forwards: Dharamvir Singh, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Ramandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, S V Sunil, Gurwinder Singh Chandi, Nikkin Thimmaiah.
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