Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh will lead an 18-member Indian men’s hockey team in the fourth Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) to be held in Kuantan, Malaysia from October 20 to 30. With an aim to form a group of leaders, Hockey India selectors have named 24-year-old midfielder Manpreet Singh as the vice-captain of the side for this tournament in place of SV Sunil.
Defender Jasjit Singh Kular returns to the squad and will be expected to double up as a drag-flicker in place of experienced VR Raghunath, who has been rested for the tournament. Also making a strong comeback to the side after a long injury lay-off is work horse in the backline Birendra Lakra,who missed the Rio Olympics due to a knee injury and will form India’s defence alongside experienced Rupinder Pal Singh, Kothajit Singh, Surender Kumar and Pardeep Mor.
India’s midfield will be manned by Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Manpreet, Sardar Singh, SK Uthappa and Devindar Walmiki. The forward line, however, will miss the services of Akashdeep Singh and Ramandeep Singh, both of whom have been given a break. The duo will be replaced by Talwinder Singh and Lalit Kumar Upadhyay.