Having risen from the now defunct Mumbai Magicians, Dabgang Mumbai will certainly be looking to turn a new leaf in the Hero Hockey India League. Head Coach Valentin Altenburg will be looking to get the Mumbai team to challenge for the title.
Dabang Mumbai -Team at a glance
Ownership: DoIT Sports Management
Home Stadium: Mahindra Hockey Stadium, Mumbai
Team Captain: Adrian D’Souza
Team Coach: Valentin Altenburg
A Blend of youth and Experience
Unlike the Kalinga Lancers and others, who have the youngest squad in the competition, the Dabang Mumbai outfit has a good blend of youth and experience. Former India internationals Adrian D’Souza, Bharat Chikara and Arjun Halappa, and the experienced Australian international Glenn Turner are perhaps the most notable experienced players in the lineup. They will be playing with the youthful and exuberant players such as Harmanpreet Singh and Cinglesana Singh.
Former Indian Custodian Adrian D’Souza will be key as he competes with David Harte of Ireland to secure his place in the starting XI in between the goalposts. On the other hand, David Harte who was part of the Mumbai Magicians setup too will be looking to make an impact on the Hero Hockey India League.
Belgian international Tom Boon and Australian international Glenn Turner will be looking to make it difficult for defenses, as they have done numerous times in the past. However, their work rate, and the new rules and the rolling substitutions in particular will be a test for both the seasoned players.
Goalkeepers: Adrian D’Souza, David Harte
Defenders: Amit Gowda, Harmanpreet Singh, Jeremy Hayward, Conor Harte, Timothy Deavin, Tomas Prochazka
Midfielders: Arjun Halappa, Nilakanta Sharma, V.S Vinaya, Tyron Pereira, Rajat Sharma, Chinglesana Singh, Vikas Pillay, Matthew Swann, Nick Catlin, Santa Singh, Florin Eveo
Forwards: Glenn Turner, Bharat Chikara, Tom Boon, Sarvanjit Singh, Simon Mantell, Prabhjot Singh, Adam Dixon, Faizal Saari