Commonwealth Games 2018: Hockey India Announces 18-Man Squad, Sardar Singh Dropped

| March 13 , 2018 , 15:05 IST

Hockey India announced on Tuesday the 18-man squad for Indian Men’s Hockey Team that will be competing in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Former skipper Sardar Singh failed to make the roster for the Games that start from April 4.

The Indian team is in Pool B along with Pakistan, Malaysia, Wales and England and will begin their campaign on April 7 against Pakistan. Manpreet Singh will wear the captain’s armband and Chinglensana Singh Kangujam will be his deputy in shouldering the responsibilities.

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It was under Manpreet’s leadership the Indian team lifted the coveted Asia Cup 2017 followed by a Bronze Medal feat at the Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017.

Sardar's exclusion was on expected lines as he performed below-par at this year's Azlan Shah tournament. However, a few eyebrows were raised with Ramandeep Singh being dropped despite his decent show in the same tournament.

"This squad has been picked keeping in mind the performance in the previous tournaments since the Asia Cup 2017. We have tried out different combinations of the past events and we believe this will be the most effective combination for the Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games," said chief coach Sjoerd Marijne.

Here is the full Squad below:

Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh, Suraj Karkera

Defenders: Rupinder Pal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Kothajit Singh, Gurinder Singh, Amit Rohidas

Midfielders: Manpreet Singh (Captain), Chinglensana Singh (vice-captain), Sumit, Vivek Sagar Prasad

Forwards: Akashdeep Singh, SV Sunil, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Dilpreet Singh.