Hockey India on Saturday named 34 players for the senior men’s national camp, beginning February 18 at the Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru, to prepare for the season’s first tournament — Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia. The tournament starts on March 23.
Hockey India has retained all 18 players in the Indian team that took part at the World Cup last December, for the month-long camp that concludes on March 18.
The list also features Sultan of Johor Cup silver-medal winning India Colts Shilanand Lakra, Suman Beck, Mandeep Mor, Yashdeep Siwach, Vishal Antil and Gursahabjit Singh who had figured in the 34-member camp for the World Cup.
The youngsters have been credited for showing continued improvement and potential to match the standards at the senior level.
“The team for the 28th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup will be selected from this core group of 34 players after a selection trial is held in Bengaluru in the last week of February. I am happy to note that the junior players who have recently been inducted into the senior camp have shown significant improvement and that the depth in the group is strong,” said David John, High-Performance Director, Hockey India.
List of campers:
Goalkeepers: P R Sreejesh, Suraj Karkera, Krishan Bahadur Pathak Defenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Gurinder Singh, Varun Kumar, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Jarmanpreet Singh, Pardeep Singh, Suman Beck, Mandeep Mor, Birendra Lakra, Rupinder Pal SinghMidfielders: Manpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Sumit, Simranjit Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Yashdeep Siwach, Vishal AntilForwards: Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Sumit Kumar, Gursahabjit Singh, Shilanand Lakra, S V Sunil.
MIR RANJAN NEGI HIGHLY OPTIMISTIC OF INDIA’ S MEN AND WOMEN HOCKEY TEAMS WINNING GOLD IN JAKARTA ASIAD
The former Indian Hockey team captain Mir Ranjan Negi is extremely optimistic about the Indian Women as well as the Men Hockey team of exhibiting their outstanding performance and win Gold medals for the country thus bringing laurels for the nation in the Asian Games in Jakarta terming it an extremely positive sign.
Mir Ranjan Negi says come what may its a most opportune and great time to revive the Indian Hockey expressing his gut feeling that this is going to be the celebration time for Indian Hockey where Indian Hockey team will surely win in another an epic India Pakistan Final expressing the hope that not only the Indian men’s team but the women team will also win the Gold.
He is extremely sure that the golden days of Indian hockey team will be back again. A one time popular India Hockey team captain and goalkeeper decades ago on whose inspiration and guidance the Indian Bollywood super star Shahrukh Khan produced the movie CHAK DE INDIA, a box office hit Mir Ranjan Negi has also acted in the popular regional Garhwali film,” Subheru Gham,” and is also working in another Garhwali movie of the Snowy Mountain productions BATHAAOUN. He had also acted in several Pahari Song CDs n performed in prominent cultural shows in India and abroad.
A down to earth human being having served in the Department of customs in Mumbai as a class one gazetted officer Mir Ranjan Negi says that the Women’s Hockey team has acknowleged Gold medals at the Asian Games in 1982 in New Delhi, hence it’s now generations that the women hockey team has seen gold at ASIAD.
Therefore the competetion in the women hockey seems to be much more as compared to the men’s hockey in Jakarta Asiad.
According to him the women hockey team has performed extremely outstandingly despite all odds during the last two years and has exhibited steady progress. To substantiate his point of contention Negi says that the women’s team has not only qualified for the last Oympics but had also won the prestigious Asian Champions’ Trophy. Prasing Rani Rampal as one of the exceptionally outstanding players of the Indian Hockey team Mir Ranjan Negi says that she is genuinely and probably the only world class player Indian women’s hockey team posseses.
Despite his being a sportsman Mir Ranjan Negi is held is high esteem amongst the native Uttarakhandi community for his love and affection for its culture and dialect. His dexterity in acting and dancing in regional films and folk songs is highly laudable.
Negi has penned down his detailed views on Indian hockey teams after a long time. I asked him if our newsviews network can publish it and he readily accepted hence this article.
Negi adds :Men’s team by far is the best team in India and rightly so they are the highest ranked team in Asia. But as always in sports, one can not take things lightly and for granted.
For both Men and Women hockey teams, its a very big and easiest opportunity to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 writes Ranjan. Mir Ranjan Negi is of the view that: It is probably happening for the first time that the quality of talent and our bench strength we have in both our teams is absolutely fantastic. He adds in his write up: I can say with pride and keeping my head high that in Asia no other team has got that and it was not there four years ago for us too.
Praising the goalkeepers as one of the best in India’s women and men hockey team Negi said: both our goalkeepers Sreejesh P Raveendran and Savita Punia are ranked for the first time in the top five goalkeepers of the World. And both of them have played a big role in India’s gallant performances in the last couple of years. The goalkeeper of the Indian Hockey team Mir Ranjan Negi catagorically said that in modern hockey, one can win with a mediocre defence line, may be with an average mid field or even a moderate forward line but if you do not have a World class goalkeeper, trust me, you can never win.
He further says in his write up: But then, there is lot of churning going on in the other Men’s teams too. Roelant Altmans has been reappointed as coach of the Pakistan Team. He has been with the Indian Hockey in some capacity or the other for the last 8 years or so and knows all senior and junior players inside out.
Having praise for the rival hockey team Mir Ranjan is of the view that we have also witnessed the performance of the Pakistani team in the last champion’s trophy. Though they’d lost to India by 1-4, they gave some very significant results and even went on to beat Olympic champs Argentina. One can see Roelent’s imprints in their game.
Negi adds in his detailed write up: Remember, we had a very narrow escape against them in the last commonwealth games. On the strength of paper strength, I will say that our team can beat Pakistan any day by 4 goals but again its the going to be Roelent and our coach Harendra’s strategies and genius which will ultimately decide the fate of the game. We have not only defeated them in the last 3-4 years but we have literally thrashed them. So they also looking at Tokyo for revenge and some significant victory.
Malaysia on the other hand has appointed Terry Walsh as High Performance Director. According to Negi, Terry was one of the best coaches India had whom we could not hang on to. The difference in fitness and performance levels of the Indian Team had not seen such a quantum leap under any other coach rather than him.
Negi adds: Japan of course is the host and South Korea is the neighbouring country. As the Asian Games are being organised in their back yard, it will be very important to give their best. Harendra as we all know starts pepping the players even one day before a game against them. The talk in the hockey and sports circle is about master stroke being played by coach Harendra by giving Sardar Singh one last opportunity to prove his critics wrong. Sardar Singh was almost in wilderness and nobody gave him a chance. In fact lot of people including me thought that his days are numbered now. But Harendra bestowed his faith in him. Show me what you can do.. could be his words. And who knows, the strategy may pay off. Less than six months from now, India is hosting the World up. Just imagine … this is one great opportunity where we go with a bang, win Asian Games Gold and get a medal at the Wold cup. Imagine, Sardar Singh named the best player of the tournament and ends his outstanding career. A dream which could be true. But what if he falters. People will blame the coach Harendra. So it’s a big gamble which only time will decide in a few days from now.
Highly optimistic of India’s exemplary performance Mir Ranjan Negi is highly confident that : Come what it may, it is a great time to revive Indian Hockey. I have this gut feeling that it is going to be a celebration time for Indian Hockey where we will win the gold in another an epic India Pakistan final and not only that even Women hockey will win the gold. And the golden days of Indian hockey will be back. Till then keep supporting the decisions and instincts of coach Harendra Singh and Sjoerd Marijne.
With permission from Mir Ranjan Negi, former Indian Hockey team’s captain n goalkeeper for news views network
India allows Pakistan hockey team to play in India for Junior Hockey World Cup
Next month Junior Hockey World Cup will be held in Lucknow city of India and Government has cleared Pakistani Junior Hockey team to play in India. According to sources this was an important decision pending with the Government.
The FIH event is scheduled from 8th December to 18th December and it is important event for the future of Pakistan hockey. But now the clearance is given by the government and same has been informed to the Pakistani officials who were anxious about getting the NOC to send their team to India for the World Cup.
Due to the current tension between the two nations, the PHF was concerned whether they would get clearance to play in India or not. They have already set up a camp for junior hockey players in Lahore under the supervision of Olympian Tahir Zaman who had high hopes that the team would get a chance to play in this Hockey World Cup in India and they would do well.
Pakistan Hockey team has one more reason to cheer up because they have been given a cheque of 20 million rupees as a special grant by the government which will boost their confidence and will allow the players to focus on game only and not to worry about the cash problem of PHF.
The PHF seems confident about their game and eagerly waiting to show their performance during this Hockey World Cup for juniors as their players have already played well in the final of a top ranking tournament held in Malaysia. Overall they did well but lost 1-3 to Australia.
In the past Pakistan has taken part in the senior World Cup in the Common Wealth Games hockey tournament and Champions Trophy in India in the last few years.
We hope that this time this Junior Hockey World Cup might ease up the tension between the two countries and everybody would be eagerly waiting for the matches between India and Pakistan.
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