Here is a quick overview of the Indian Men’s and Women’s Hockey teams and the matches they will be playing at the Asian Games 2014. Sports Rediscovered team wishes them the best !
Indian Men’s Hockey Team:
FIH World Ranking-9
Captain-Sardara Singh (191 caps)
Squad- Goalkeeper: PR Sreejesh(vc)
Defenders: Birendra Lakra, Rupinder Pal Singh, VR Raghunath, Kothajit Singh, Gurbaj Singh
Midfielders: Sardara Singh (c), Dhaeramvir Singh, Manpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh Kanjujam, Danish Mujtaba.
Forwards: SV Sunil, Nikkin Thimmaiah, Akashdeep Singh, Gurwinder Singh Chandi, Ramandeep Singh
Performance in CWG 2014: Silver Medal.
Schedule at Asiad 2014(Group Stage):
- 21 September 2014- vs Sri Lanka at 1:30 PM IST
- 23 September 2014- vs Oman
- 25 September 2014- vs Pakistan
- 27 September 2014- vs China
“There are good teams in our pool along with the 2010 Asian Games gold medallists Pakistan. We will be playing our first match against Sri Lanka and are looking at a positive start to the tournament. The focus of the team will be on one match at a time and will be progressing step by step for a clean sweep in the pool matches”- Terry Walsh, coach, Indian Men’s Hockey team.
Indian Women’s Hockey Team
On the other hand, the women’s team would look to put up a better performance.Led by the experienced Ritu Rani and well supported by other players like Deepika and Jaspreet Kaur, the team looks in great shape and are expected to do well in the tournament.
FIH Ranking: 13
Coach: Neil Hagwood
Captain: Ritu Rani (184 caps)
Squad: Goalkeeper: Savita
Defenders: Deep Grace Ella, Deepika (vc), Sunita Lakra, Namita Toppo, Jaspreet Kaur, Sushila Chanu, Monika
Midfielders: Ritu Rani(c), Lilima Mins, Amandeep Kaur, Chanchan Devi Thockchom
Forwards: Rani, Poonam Rani, Vandana Katariya, Navjot Kaur.
Performance in CWG 2014: 5th position
Schedule at Asian Games 2014 (group stage)
- 22 September 2014 vs Thailand
- 24 September 2014 vs China
- 26 September 2014 vs Malaysia
“The team has been practicing thoroughly all this while and are in their best form currently. The girls are in uplifted spirits and we expect a really high level game from them. The women are looking forward to a tough fight against all the teams and are aiming for a top finish in the pool matches”- Neil Hagwood, coach, Indian Women’s Hockey team