The Indian team has made significant improvements in the last few games while showing remarkable game. Ahead of their first Pool B match on Thursday, Indian Men’s Hockey Team Chief Coach Roelant Oltmans emphasized on a better goal conversion rate to ensure a successful outing at the Hockey World League Semi Final to be held in London. The lead up to the opening encounter saw the Indian team led by midfielder Manpreet Singh win the practice match against England 3-1 on Tuesday with a successful drag flick by Harmanpreet Singh and a double goal by striker Mandeep Singh.However, with ace dragflicker Rupinder Pal Singh and SK Uthappa being ruled out of the Tournament, India will bank heavily on the young Harmanpreet Singh to convert short corners. While Uthappa who returned home for a family emergency will be replaced by Sumit, defender Jasjit Singh Kular has been called in place of Rupinder Pal Singh who is being rested due to a minor injury. India will look to notch up a winning start against Scotland followed by their second match to be played against Canada on June 17.
The Indian men’s hockey squad is as follows:
Akash Chikte, Vikas Dahiya, Pardeep Mor, Kothajit Singh, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Jasjit Singh Kular, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (vice-captain), Satbir Singh, Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh ( captain), Harjeet Singh, Sumit, Ramandeep Singh, SV Sunil, Talwinder Singh, Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh.
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