UP Wizards face Ranchi Rays at Lucknow tomorrow

After a clean sheet and 2-0 win against Kalinga Lancers at Bhubaneswar, Uttar Pradesh Wizards are confident and prepared to host the Ranchi Rays tomorrow. It will be a battle between Uttar Pradesh Wizards-co owned by Suresh Raina and captained by Edward Ockenden, and MS Dhoni owned Ranchi Rays, led by Ashley Jackson, tomorrow at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium at Lucknow.

Parvinder Singh and Shushant Tirkey (GK) of Ranchi Rays at a training session during Hockey India League 2015

Parvinder Singh and Shushant Tirkey (GK) of Ranchi Rays at a training session during Hockey India League 2015

After playing four matches in the League till now, Uttar Pradesh Wizards have bagged two wins, lost one and one game concluded as a draw. They are now sitting on the second position in the points table with 13 points, next only to Jaypee Punjab Warriors who are currently on top of the table. Uttar Pradesh Wizards will be looking at continuing their winning form against Ranchi Rays and aim to grab another five points. The team will be depending on the strong defence line created with PR Sreejesh before the goal post and Raghunath as defender to ensure that Ranchi Rays find it difficult to go past them. Continue reading →

MS Dhoni is new owner of HIL Ranchi team alongwith Sahara India Pariwar

Ranchi, 25 October 2014: Hockey India League today announced Captain of India Cricket Team, MS Dhoni in support of Sahara India Pariwar as the new franchisee owners of new Ranchi team named Ranchi Rays.

Arun Pandey (CMD, Rhiti Sports) Abhijit Sarkar (Sahara India Pariwar), MS Dhoni (Indian Cricket team Captain), Narinder Batra (Chairman, Hockey India League), Elena Norman (CEO, Hockey India)

Arun Pandey (CMD, Rhiti Sports) Abhijit Sarkar (Sahara India Pariwar), MS Dhoni (Indian Cricket team Captain), Narinder Batra (Chairman, Hockey India League), Elena Norman (CEO, Hockey India) at the announcement of Ranchi Rays owners

Coining the team Ranchi Rays, MS Dhoni was himself present for the announcement conference held in Ranchi today alongwith Abhijit Sarkar, Head-Corporate Communications, Sahara India Pariwar & Director – Sahara Adventures Sports Ltd and Dr. Narinder Batra, Chairman, Hockey India League. Continue reading →