Since the rolling of Asia Cup 2017 Indian Hockey Team is all over the heads. The reason being the advent of few hockey players in the squad that carries the favorite’s tag in this sturdy competition. Hence all eyes have already imbued to see them bringing the title home this year. Being a qualifying event for the 2018 World Cup, and with FIH ranking points on offer, it promises to tie the contestants in fierce encounters.
Therefore, there will be loads of climbers and fallers during the happening of this tournament. But the winners’ cartel in Asian hockey South Korea, Pakistan, and India has been so enduring that a dark horse is difficult to spot. The other teams have also locked their horns in this competition to survive strong against the strongest. In conclusion to the same, the exact essence of Hockey Asia Cup lies in the hands of players. Hence the top players are on the defining stage. Here are the top players who are all set to guide the tournament into a grand premiere.
This midfielder will be leading the 18-member Indian men’s hockey team at the Hero Asia Cup. This year as we all know it is scheduled to be held in Dhaka from October 11-22. Especially the fusion of young talents along with the experienced heads is something as a skipper you always yearn. And considering Manpreet’s ongoing form, this World cup qualifier could be an idle stint for him to prevail his stance.
Irfan Sr has been appointed the new captain of Pakistan Hockey team. He has come in place of Abdul Haseem Khan. Khan was dropped altogether following a dismal team performance in the World League in London earlier this year. The selection committee led by former Olympian Hasan Sardar has introduced this opportunity for the six players including the skipper. Based on the pretext of their performance in the World Hockey League Irfan got the string of captaincy.
An emerging young head in Indian Hockey, Gurjant Singh is all set to unleash his distinctive aura of striking. A forward from the get-go, Gurjant has always had a sense of where the back of the net is and that has propelled him to become the best. Reckoning his impressive European tour, his imminent stroll in Asia Cup could easily be awaited. And with major events such as the Asian Cup knocking on the doors ahead of the Commonwealth Games next year, Gurjant Singh knows it’s an opportune moment for him to make a mark.
Veteran midfielder Sardar Singh on Saturday returned to the national team as Hockey India named a strong 18-member squad. Under the captaincy of Manpreet Singh, the hockey player is set to blaze the Asia Cup starting from October 11-22 in Dhaka. Sardar after recently being awarded the prestigious Khel Ratna Award was dropped from the Indian team. Meanwhile, Indian team experienced a good stint in Europe last month. But keeping in mind the importance of Asia Cup this veteran got a recall for next month’s event to strengthen the team. His experienced head along with young force could be a deadly combo for others to hunt them down.