Hockey India on Thursday named 55 players for the men’s national camp, which is to be held in Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru from April 27 to May 18.
The probable list, which will be pruned down to 48, features all the 18 players who were part of the Indian men’s team that participated at the recently-concluded 21st Commonwealth Games and includes players from the domestic circuit who showcased outstanding performance for their respective teams at the recently held Hockey India Men’s Senior National Championship (A and B Division).
From senior men’s A division, Vikas Dahiya, Jarmanpreet Singh and Gurjinder Singh of Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) who finished runners-up have been called up while Amit Gowda, Pardeep Singh of Railway Sports Promotion Board who beat Air India Sports Promotion Board in the Bronze Medal match have made the core probable list.
Anand Lakra of Services Sports Control Board, Raj Kumar Pal, Mohd Raheel of Air India Sports Promotion Board and Maninderjeet Singh of Punjab and Sind Bank, V Veerthamizhan of Association of Indian Universities, Somjeet from Haryana, Amon Mirash Tirkey of Gangpur – Odisha, Abharan Sudev of Karnataka, Ajay Yadav of Uttar Pradesh, Dharminder Singh of Punjab who won the National title this year, have been rewarded for their performance.
From senior men’s B Division, Pardeep Mor, Sukhjeet Singh, Gagandeep Singh (Sr) of Punjab National Bank who won the national title have been included along with goalkeeper Jagdeep Dayal of runners-up team Canara Bank. Sumit Kumar and Pravakar Minz of Sports Authority of India, Abhilash Stalin C of Bengaluru, Karthik Yadav of Chhattisgarh, Harish Mutagar of Coorg have also made the cut.
Experienced midfielder Sardar Singh, who captained the Indian Team at the recent Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018, has also been named.
Forward Ramandeep Singh, defenders Surender Kumar, Birendra Lakra, Dipsan Tirkey and Nilam Sanjeep Xess also feature in the list of 55.
“The result from CWG is not what we expected but the lessons from there will be used for future preparations. The team and the coaching staff is confident of the playing structure and we all know that we have to improve on certain areas,” stated Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne.