Harmanpreet Singh to Lead Indian Men’s Hockey Team in FIH Pro League


In a significant development for Indian hockey, ace drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh is set to lead the national men’s team in the upcoming FIH Pro League matches. The announcement, made by Hockey India, also revealed midfielder Hardik Singh as the deputy captain. The 24-member squad, carefully selected for the double-leg fixtures in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela, aims to fine-tune the team’s preparations for the highly anticipated Paris Olympics later this year.

The FIH Pro League action kicks off in Bhubaneswar on February 10, running through February 16, followed by the Rourkela leg from February 19 to February 25. During this period, India will face stiff competition, playing against Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, and Australia twice each.

Harmanpreet Singh, renowned for his prowess in drag-flicking, brings both experience and skill to the captaincy role. With midfielder Hardik Singh as his deputy, the team showcases a balanced leadership structure, blending the dynamism of youth with the seasoned expertise of the captain.

The squad announcement followed expectations, with a notable omission of striker Boby Dhami and goalkeeper Pawan from the 26-member Indian team that recently toured South Africa. The goalkeeping responsibilities will rest on the shoulders of the experienced PR Sreejesh and Krishan Bahadur Pathak.

About Harmanpreet Singh to Lead Indian Men’s Hockey Team:

The defensive lineup boasts a formidable combination of players, including Harmanpreet Singh, Amit Rohidas, Jarmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Sumit, Sanjay, Jugraj Singh, and Vishnukant Singh. This composition underlines the team’s commitment to a robust defensive strategy.

India will commence its FIH Pro League campaign against Spain on February 10, setting the tone for a series of challenging encounters. The matches against Ireland, the Netherlands, and Australia will serve as crucial benchmarks for the team’s progress and areas for improvement.

As the Indian men’s hockey team gears up for the FIH Pro League, all eyes will be on Harmanpreet Singh’s leadership and the collective effort of the squad. These fixtures not only offer an opportunity to showcase their skills on the international stage but also serve as a vital stepping stone in their preparation for the Paris Olympics. Hockey enthusiasts eagerly await the unfolding drama on the turf, hoping for a successful campaign and a promising journey towards Olympic glory.