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Sardar Singh to lead in Asia Cup

Sardar Singh to lead in Asia Cup
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Sardar Singh to lead injury-hit Indian hockey team in Asia Cup - Sardar Singh to lead a young Indian team in Asia Cup - Plagued by injuries, India on...

Plagued by injuries, India on Sunday named a young 18-member squad to be led by the inspirational Sardar Singh in the crucial Asia Cup hockey tournament scheduled from August 24 to September 1 in Ipoh. With four key strikers, Danish Mujtaba, S V Sunil, Gurwinder Singh Chandi and Akashdeep Singh, ruled out of the tournament due to injuries, India has fielded a young and inexperienced five-member forward line, including newcomers Ramandeep Singh and Nikin Thimmaiah.

Defender Amit Rohidas is the other entrant in the Asia Cup-bound team, which will also see the return of mid-fielder S K Uthappa. Goalkeeper P R Sreejesh has been named as Sardar’s deputy in place of drag-flicker V R Raghunath. India opens its campaign against Oman on August 24.

Squad-Goalkeepers: P R Sreejesh (vice-captain), P T Rao; Defenders: V R Raghunath, Rupinder Pal Singh, Amit Rohidas, Kothajit Singh, Birendra Lakra, Gurmail Singh; Midfielders: Sardar Singh (captain), Manpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh, Dharamvir Singh, S K Uthappa; Forwards: Ramandeep Singh, Nithin Thimmaiah, Mandeep Singh, Malak Singh, Nikin Thimmaiah.

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