India will compete in Pool A in Bhubaneswar from June 6, Russia, Poland, Uzbekistan
Manpreet Singh will take over the team's command, India playing first tournament in Graham Reid's coaching
new Delhi. Experienced striker Ramandeep Singh's return to the Indian team for the FIH men's Hockey Series finals to be held in Bhubaneswar from June 6. Hockey India announced Tuesday 18-member team The team's command has been entrusted to midfielder Manpreet Singh. Birendra Lakha is the vice captain. India has been placed in pool A along with Russia, Poland and Uzbekistan in the tournament. 18th Asian Games gold medalist in Japan, Mexico, America and South Africa are in Pool B.
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Ramandeep's last match in Breda
Ramandeep Singh, who has recovered from knee injury, has returned to the team after 9 months. He last played for Champions Trophy in Breda last year for the country. In the absence of experienced striker SV Sunil, Mandeep Singh, Simranjeet Singh and Akashdeep Singh will be responsible for the attack.
India has to play the first match against Russia on June 6. India's eyes are on top of the pool and making the place in the Olympic qualifying tournament to be held later this year. The team is playing its first tournament in Graham Reid's coaching.
Reid said, "I am excited about our first FIH tournament as the main coach of the Indian team. This tournament is an important step for the Olympic qualifying process. We have selected a well-balanced team. Ramandeep returned from injury. Varun Kumar has made a comeback. With the return of Sumit and Amit Rohidas, the defense has been strong. "