Experienced custodian Bharat Chetri will lead an 18 member Indian team in the Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament Men’s Four Nation Tournament (a part of London Prepares Series) to be held at Riverbank Arena, Olympic Park, London from 2-6 May, 2012.
As in Olympic Qualifiers, Star midfielder Sardar Singh will be again take the role of deputy to Chetry in the squad, in which game changer in the mid of field Gurbaj Singh makes a comeback after being on side line due to injury since January. Promising India striker Yuvraj Walmiki could not find place in 18, who is nursing injury which got during the Olympic qualifiers. Another omission from Olympic Qualifiers squad is Rupinderpal Singh, who is put in the standby list.
The team was announced by Hockey India (HI) after conducting selection trials at SAI Centre, Bangalore on April 8 and 9. The selection trial was witnessed by HI selectors B P Govinda and Col Balbir Singh, along with Government Observer Harbinder Singh.
The Tournament will feature Australia (current World Champions and Bronze Medalists of Beijing Olympics), Germany (Gold Medalists of Bejing Olympics and Runners-up of Delhi World Cup 2010) and the hosts Great Britain (Bronze Medalists of Delhi World Cup 2010). This tournament will provide India with a chance to play and test themselves against higher ranked teams, who have also qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games. It will be an opportunity for them to gain a first hand experience of playing at the same venue that will host the Games.
Goalkeepers: Bharat Chetri (Captain), Sreejesh PR.
Defenders: Sandeep Singh, VR Raghunath, Ignace Tirkey.
Midfielders: Birendra Lakra, Sardar Singh (VC), Manpreet Singh, Gurbaj Singh, Kothajit Singh
Forwards: SV Sunil, Sarvanjit Singh, Gurwinder Singh Chandi, Shivendra Singh, Danish Mujtaba, SK Uthappa, Tushar Khandker, Chinglensana Singh.
Standbys: Rupinderpal Singh (Defender), Pradeep Mor (Midfielder), Dharamvir Singh (Forward), Pradhan Somanna (Forward).