Hockey India has announced the 18-member Indian Men's Hockey Team for the Hero Asian Champions Trophy Chennai 2023. The Asian Champions Trophy will be held from August 3 to August 12 at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium in Chennai.
Indian Men's Hockey Team will face Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Japan, and China during the pool stage of the tournament. Hero Asian Champions Trophy Chennai 2023 will also serve as preparation for the important Hangzhou Asian Games 2023.
The Indian Men's Hockey Team will be led by ace drag-flicker and defender Harmanpreet Singh, while midfielder Hardik Singh will be the vice-captain of the team. PR Sreejesh and Krishan Bahadur Pathak have been named as the goalkeepers.
Meanwhile, Hardik Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Shamsher Singh, and Nilakanta Sharma will control the midfield. Furthermore, Manpreet Singh will return to the midfield after previously being listed as a defender during the European leg of the Pro League. Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Gurjant Singh, Sukhjeet Singh, and S Karthi comprised the forward line. These forwards are capable of scoring crucial goals, creating scoring chances, and applying relentless pressure on the opposing defense.
On Indian Men's Hockey Team selection, head coach Craig Fulton said, "We have carefully chosen a squad that has the potential to go on and give a good account of themselves Hero Asian Champions Trophy Chennai 2023."
"The Indian Men's squad selected for the upcoming Asian Champions Trophy in Chennai has a blend of some youth and experience. It's an exciting phase for the squad as we start the 100th Anniversary Spanish Hockey Federation- International Tournament in Spain tomorrow and post this tournament fly directly to Chennai to play at home in the Hero Asian Champions Trophy Chennai 2023. The players selected are excited at the opportunity and look forward to playing in front of their passionate home fans." Fulton added.