India Men Hockey Team departs for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

New Delhi, 13 July 2014: The Indian Men Hockey Team took off to Glasgow (Scotland) from New Delhi, today morning for the upcoming Commonwealth Games 2014.

Indian Senior Men Hockey team along with chief coach Terry Walsh, Assistant Coaches MK Kaushik, Jude Felix and support staff for Commonwealth Games 2014, Glasgow

Indian Senior Men Hockey team along with chief coach Terry Walsh, Assistant Coaches MK Kaushik, Jude Felix and support staff for Commonwealth Games 2014, Glasgow

Under the Captaincy of midfielder Sardar Singh (186 international caps), the Indian team will take on Wales on the 25th of July 2014 followed by a face-to-face with Scotland, Australia and South Africa during the impending tournament. Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, who recently completed his 100th international cap, will take the role and responsibility as the Vice-Captain of the team. Continue reading →

Indian Women Hockey Team departs for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

New Delhi, 9 July 2014: The Indian Senior Women Hockey Team, all geared up and ready to take on the challenges in the upcoming Commonwealth Games 2014, headed-off to Edinburgh (Scotland) from New Delhi, today morning.

Indian Senior Women Hockey team for Commonwealth Games 2014, Glasgow

Indian Senior Women Hockey team for Commonwealth Games 2014, Glasgow

After a clean sweep over Malaysia during the recent Malaysian Tour, the Indian eves will now take on Canada on the 24th July 2014 followed by a head-on with New Zealand, Trinidad & Tobago and South Africa thereafter, a Glasgow National Hockey Centre in the CWG 2014.

The 16 member team is captained by midfielder Ritu Rani with 179 caps and defender Deepika with a total of 126 caps to her credit, will be seen in the role of Vice-Captain. The team has been seen practicing rigorously at NSNIS, Patiala during their preparatory camp and will be continuing the training sessions in Edinburgh and Glasgow till their first match against Canada. Continue reading →

Indian Men’s team for CWG2014: Chandi is Back?

New Delhi, 3 July 2014: Hockey India today announced Indian Senior Men’s Hockey team for the Commonwealth Games 2014 to be held at Glasgow, Scotland from 23 July – 3 August 2014.

Gurwinder Singh Chandi

Gurwinder Singh Chandi is back in action

Midfielder Sardar Singh (186 caps) will be the Captain of the team while Goalkeeper P R Sreejesh (100 caps) will be the Vice-Captain. While experienced forward Gurwinder Singh Chandi will make a comeback after being on sidelines for about a year due to injury.

Interestingly, Chandi was not included in the list of 33 probables announced last week.

The team of 16 players for the Commonwealth Games was selected by Hockey India selectors B P Govinda, Harbinder Singh, Dr. R P Singh and Arjun Halappa alongwith Director High Performance Roelant Oltmans and Chief Coach Terry Walsh on the basis of their performance during the selection trials conducted at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi on 30 June and 1 July 2014. Continue reading →

Indian Women’s Team for CWG2014 Announced: Rani Rampal is back in Action

New Delhi, 02 July 2014: Hockey India today announced Indian Senior Women’s Hockey team for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games which are scheduled to take place at Glasgow (Scotland) from 23 July to 3 August 2014.

Rani Rampal of India hitting a goal against Kazakhstan in Hockey World League Round 2 New Delhi

Midfielder Ritu Rani (179 caps) will be the Captain while defender Deepika (126 caps) will be the Vice-Captain of the team. With the return of Rani Rampal Indian forward line is expected to have more fire power, which was blunt during Champions Challenge 1 at Glasgow and saw India finishing at last place.

Savita is the lone goalkeeper in the team, while Vandana Katariya is expected to earn her 100th cap in Glasgow when she will take field against Canada in the campaign opener on 24th July 2014. In the following matches, India will face New Zealand on 27 July 2014, Trinidad and Tobago on 28 July 2014 and South Africa on 30 July 2014. Continue reading →

CWG2014: Diwakar Included in 33 Indian Hockey Probables

The preparatory camp of the Senior Men Core Probables for the XX Commonwealth Games 2014 scheduled to take place in Glasgow (Scotland) from 23rd July – 3rd August 2014, is set to commence at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi from 25th June 2014.

Diwakar Ram and Danish Mujtaba sharing a light moment during Indian Hockey National Camp in 2011

Diwakar Ram and Danish Mujtaba sharing a light moment during Indian Hockey National Camp in 2011

Inclusion of Diwakar Ram in the 33 core probables is the highlight. He was last seen in the national camp in 2011, when Michael Nobbs had taken the charge of the team in mid-2011. Diwakar, a seasoned defender-mid-fielder and penalty corner specialist, did not make to the Indian team for Asian Champions Trophy 2014, but continued his impressive performance in domestic circuit including the best full back award in National Championship 2014 representing Uttar Pradesh, and in various other domestic tournament representing his employer ONGC.

It could be noted that another out of favor player Vickram Kanth was considered before Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 and he was in stand byes. It is still not very clear why the likes of Chhikara, Minz, etc are still ignored or they could expect a call before Asian Games 2014? Continue reading →

Indian Women should have gone to Europe instead of Malaysia!

In the preparation of Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Indian Women’s Hockey team traveled to Kuala Lumpur to play a 6 match-series against Malaysia from June 9th to 17th.

Indian Women's Hockey Team in Malaysia

Indian Women’s Hockey Team in Malaysia

13th ranked India won all the matches to return home with 6-0 victory in the six-match series against 21st ranked Malaysia.

It would have been better if India had chosen to travel to Europe instead of Malaysia. India could have played two series 3-tests against either two of the Spain (14th World Rank), Scotland (16th), Azerbaijan (17th) and Ireland (15th) or may be a tri-nation series. India would have got better teams to play with in Europe hence better test of their preparations resulting in more learning. If not Europe, they could have played a series against good domestic sides such as Railway or Haryana or Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy. Continue reading →