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PR Sreejesh back as Hockey India names 33-member team for 2018 season

By: PTI|Bengaluru|

Indian males’s hockey team will report for the 10-day camp at the Sports Authority of India in Bengaluru to get ready for the hectic hockey calendar this season.(

Source: File)Top News Fit-again PR Sreejesh made a return after recovering from a long-injury lay-off as Hockey India (Hey There) today revealed a 33-member squad for the first national camp beginning here tomorrow.Sreejesh will be is contending

to find top kind after nearly 8 months of break due to a knee injury. He had suffered a median collateral ligament(MCL) injury during the Azlan Shah tournament previously last year.After ending the year with a bronze medal at the Odisha Hockey World League Final, Indian guys’s hockey team will report for the 10-day camp at the Sports Authority of India in Bengaluru to get ready for the hectic hockey calendar this season.Goalkeeper Krishan B Pathak, part of the winning group of 2016 Junior World Cup, discovers himself in the group together with Akash Anil Chikte and Suraj Karkera who had promising outing at the Asia Cup and added to India’s success at the Hockey World League Final.Nilam Sanjeep Xess, the young defender from Sundargarh, Odisha who led the Indian team to U-18 Asia Cup win in 2016, has risen to the Senior Core Group.He will train alongside stalwart Sardar Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Amit Rohidas, Dipsan Tirkey, Varun Kumar, Rupinder Friend Singh, Birendra Lakra, Surender Kumar, Gurinder Singh in the

back line.The line-up of midfielders remains unchanged with Manpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh, SK Uthappa, Sumit, Kothajit Singh, Satbir Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Simranjeet Singh

, Harjeet Singh in the group.Young forward Sumit Kumar, who featured in the Indian Junior Guys’s Group in 2016, has actually been consisted of for the camp with seniors’SV Sunil, Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Upadhyay, Gurjant Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Armaan Qureshi, Affan Yousuf, Talwinder Singh.The 2018 schedule includes Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April followed by the Champions Prize at Netherlands in July, the Jakarta Asian Games in August, Asian Champions Prize in October

and the much-awaited Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar starting in November.India, nevertheless, will start the season with the 4 Nations Invitational Tournament in Tauranga and Hamilton, New Zealand which will see Belgium, Japan and the hosts in fray.”The camp will be short and we require to handle the players who simply played domestic matches which implies we have to take care in training considering we play eight matches in New Zealand,”said Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne.”Like constantly, the evaluation of the previous tournament needs to come from the players so that’s the very first thing we do when we fulfill for this camp. I would like to understand exactly what their experience was of the tournament and what they believe needs to improve

.”For me, Hockey World League Final provided an insight into exactly what is required to enhance when we play higher ranked teams and I definitely think we can do better in our 1 vs 1 protecting. In the next tour this will be one of the essential areas we wish to enhance, “included the 43-year-old Dutchman.Goalkeepers:

Akash Anil Chikte, Suraj Karkera, PR Sreejesh, Krishan B Pathak.Defenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Amit Rohidas, Dipsan Tirkey, Varun Kumar, Rupinderpal Singh, Birendra Lakra, Surender Kumar, Gurinder Singh, Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Sardar Singh.Midfielders: Manpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh, SK Uthappa, Sumit, Kothajit Singh, Satbir Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Simranjeet Singh, Harjeet Singh.Forwards: SV Sunil, Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Upadhyay, Gurjant Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Armaan Qureshi, Affan Yousuf, Talwinder Singh, Sumit Kumar.For all the current Sports News, download Indian Express App More Leading News Mumbai bandh highlights: Jignesh Mevani appeals for peace, says state govt need to guarantee rule of law Mamata Banerjee opposes triple talaq bill, Opposition says send to select committee

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