The Indian Men team for the upcoming India Japan Series was announced today. The 4 match series scheduled in Bhubaneswar from 3-9 May 2015 and will be live on DD Sports. Indian squad of 24 players include youngsters like Lalit Upadhyay, Pardeep Mor, Harmanpreet Singh. Following a stellar performance in Railway’s gold medal at Hockey Nationals 2015, Yuvraj Walmiki will also be seen in the taking on Japan at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
Speaking with this website, young midfielder Pardeep Mor from Haryana seemed excited about his inclusion in the team and he said is ready to grab the opportunity with both hands.
Pardeep said, “I have been working hard for a chance to play in the senior team. I have always gave my best domestic tournaments and Hockey India League. I am very excited to be in team along with all senior players. I will give my best shot during the India-Japan Series.“
Post finishing third in the recent 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, the team will be looking a series win against Japan in the upcoming tournament.
The Preparatory Camp for the series which commenced on 22nd April 2015 at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi got over today, 30 April 2015. The team is leaving for Bhubaneswar on 01 May 2015.The series will be in preparation of the all important upcoming FIH Hockey World League Semi-Final (Men) scheduled in June this year.
Speaking on the team, Head Coach Mr Paul van Ass said, “The team looks confident ahead of the upcoming tournament. They are on a high post their third place finish at the 25th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and the team will aim for a series win. The team has worked on the various aspects including starting the game with speed and putting the initial pressure and to keep the attack going in the final minutes of the game.”
The Indian team 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; Harmanpreet Singh
MIDFIELDERS: Manpreet Singh; Dharamvir Singh; Sardar Singh; SK Uthappa; Chinglensana Singh Kangujam; Pardeep Mor
FORWARDS: SV Sunil; Ramandeep Singh; Akashdeep Singh; Yuvraj Walmiki; Mandeep Singh; Nikkin Thimmaiah; Satbir Singh; Lalit Upadhyay
Schedule of the India Japan Test series is as following (Live on DD Sports):
|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|