Hockey camp from March 14
The national camp under chief coach Roelant Oltmans includes as many as 11 players from the last year’s gold medal junior World Cup winning squad.
While Mandeep Singh, Harjeet Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Vikas Dahiya have been part of the senior men’s camp earlier, defenders Dipsan Tirkey and Gurinder Singh, midfielders Sumit, Nilakanta Sharma, Manpreet and Simranjeet Singh, forward Gurjant Singh are the latest inclusions in the core group, which will be put through the grind ahead of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in April, followed by the Men’s Hockey World League Semifinal London 2017 in June.
The 20-year-old goalkeeper Suraj Karkera from Mumbai has also received a call-up for the senior men’s camp. He was a part of the junior India men’s team in the four-nation International Junior hockey tournament in Valencia last year.
Amit Rohidas, who formed an integral part of the 2017 HIL winners Kalinga Lancers defence structure, too finds a place in the core probables list.
A notable absentee from the list is drag-flicker V R Raghunath, who asked the management not to be considered.
“It was a busy start to the new year with the HIL, where I feel some of the players did extremely well under pressure situations. Like I had mentioned earlier, the selection process for the core probables was based on the players’ performances in the year 2016 as well as the 2017 HIL. This is an important year for Indian hockey with the Men’s Hockey World League Semi-Final London 2017 and the World League Final in December,” said Oltmans.
The 62-year-old Dutchman will be joined by new recruits Hans Streeder, who has replaced Roger van Gent as the Analytical Coach for the senior men’s team, and Scott Conway, who has been brought in as the new Scientific Advisor.
Core Probables: Goalkeepers: Akash Chikte, PR Sreejesh, Vikas Dahiya, Suraj Karkera; Defenders: Dipsan Tirkey, Pardeep Mor, Birendra Lakra, Kothajit Singh, Surender Kumar, Rupinderpal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Jasjit Singh Kular, Gurinder Singh, Amit Rohidas; Midfielders: Chinglensana Singh, SK Uthappa, Sumit, Satbir Singh, Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, Harjeet Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Manpreet, Simranjeet Singh; Forwards: Ramandeep Singh, SV Sunil, Talwinder Singh, Mandeep Singh, Affan Yousuf, Nikkin Thimmaiah, Gurjant Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Lalit Upadhyay.
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