The Indian Men Hockey Team all set for the upcoming Test Series against Japan, which will be held between 3rd May and 9th May in Bhubaneswar. The four match test-series will be live telecast on DD Sports.
Practicing hard at the MDC National Stadium in the ongoing Preparation Camp, both players (25 core probables) and coaching staff are working on various team-combinations and strategies to utilise all the players and bring maximum performance out of them.
Speaking post the practice session, Coach Paul van Ass said, “Our easy-going days are over and we are working harder in this preparation camp. We are rectifying our loop-holes, especially in the defence-line. We are reviewing our previous performances and working on various aspects. We are trying new players in the national team in the tournament and will give maximum opportunities to all the players to perform on the field. Though Japan is lower ranked to us, we are not taking them lightly. In this era of modern hockey, you can’t take any team easy. I remember once Japan defeated The Netherlands in a high-rated tournament. We are studying their tactics and making strategies to counter them. We are expecting a good contest in Bhubaneswar.”
Captain Sardar Singh stated, “The preparation camp is going good and we are working as per our Coach’s strategies. We have few issues in our defence-line as we concede goals in the last minutes. So our Coaching staff is working on that and solving those issues. We all are focussing on implementation of strategies on the field, which is very important for us. We have brought back few young players in the team and we are expecting good results from them. It’s always good to have many options in the team, which help us to implement our tactics on ground. We are not taking Japan lightly as they are a good team. We will play our game and play for win only.”
The India-Japan Test Series, scheduled from 03 to 09 May 2015 in Bhubaneswar, will be telecasted LIVE on DD Sports.
The list of 25 core probables of India, for India Japan series:
GOALKEEPERS: PR Sreejesh; Harjot Singh
DEFENDERS: Gurbaj Singh; Rupinder Pal Singh; Birendra Lakra; Kothajit Singh; VR Raghunath; Jasjit Singh; Gurmail Singh; Gurjinder Singh; Harmanpreet Singh
MIDFIELDERS: Manpreet Singh; Dharamvir Singh; Sardar Singh; SK Uthappa; Chinglensana Singh Kangujam; Pardeep Mor
FORWARDS: SV Sunil; Ramandeep Singh; Akashdeep Singh; Mandeep Singh; Nikkin Thimmaiah; Satbir Singh; Danish Mujtaba; Lalit Upadhyay
Schedule of the India Japan Test series is as following:
|1||03 May 2014 Sat||19:00||
|05 May 2014 Mon||19:00||India||vs||Japan|
|3||07 May 2014 Wed||19:00||India||vs||Japan|
|4||09 May 2014 Fri||19:00||India||vs||Japan|