The Indian hockey team, after a series of consistent performances, will start their campaign in the Hockey World League (HWL) semis against lowly Scotland in London on June 15. With Scotland ranked 23rd in the world, India will look to capitalise on the goal margin. After Scotland, India will play Canada on June 17 followed by the much-anticipated clash against Pakistan on June 18 and the Netherlands on June 20. India will be led by mid-fielder Manpreet Singh in the absence of regular skipper PR Sreejesh, who is injured.
With the likes of Manpreet, Sardar Singh and vice-captain Chinglensana Singh, the Indians boast of a strong mid-field.
India’s forward-line too looks lethal and consists of experienced players like Ramandeep Singh, SV Sunil, Talwinder Singh, Mandeep Singh and Akashdeep Singh.
However, coach Oltmans will rely on Kothajit Singh and Harmanpreet Singh in the backline in absence of Rupinderpal Singh.
Rupinder, who is out due to an injury, will be replaced by Jasjit Singh Kular, who doubles up as a drag-flicker while Uthappa’s has made place for Sumit.
India are placed in Pool B with world no. 4 Netherlands, Canada, arch-rivals Pakistan and Scotland. Pool A features reigning Olympic champions Argentina, hosts England, Korea, China and Malaysia.