India begins its campaign against Uzbekistan on September 24. In the tournament, India finds itself in Pool A alongside strong competitors such as Pakistan, Japan, Bangladesh, Singapore and Uzbekistan. Pool B now includes Korea, Malaysia, China, Oman, Thailand and Indonesia.
In the tournament format, the top two teams from each pool secure a spot in the semi-finals, adding to the excitement and competition of the event.
The Indian team will be led by Harmanpreet Singh, with Hardik acting as his deputy. The team’s thorough preparation was evident in their performances, particularly at the recently concluded Asian Champions Trophy in Chennai. Now they want to maintain this level of performance and secure a podium place at the Asian Games.
Sharing his thoughts before the team’s departure for Hangzhou, Indian team captain Harmanpreet Singh said, “The team has been preparing hard for the Asian Games and we performed well in the recently concluded Asian Champions Trophy Chennai, so is the goal.” to maintain this level of performance. We have some strong opponents in our pool, but we are confident in our preparation and hope to finish on the podium.”
The team line-up includes goalkeepers PR Sreejesh and Krishan Pathak, while the defense duties will be given to Varun Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Jarmanpreet Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Sanjay. The midfield is dominated by Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Manpreet Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Sumit and Shamsher Singh. The attack line is led by Abhishek, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Sukhjeet Singh and Lalit Kumar Upadhyay.
Vice-captain Hardik Singh expressed optimism and said: “We are in the best possible mental and physical condition to travel to Hangzhou and we are looking forward to the tough competition in our group. The goal is to continue to perform as well as we have won in the last few months and returned from China with a medal.”
In the group stage matches, India will face Singapore, Japan and Pakistan on September 26, 28 and 30 before the group stage ends against Bangladesh on October 2. The Indian team will look to make its presence felt in the hockey arena and emerge as a strong contender at the Asian Games in Hangzhou.
(With PTI inputs)
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