Indian Men’s Hockey Team Flies to Argentina to Play in the Upcoming FIH Pro League Matches
On Wednesday, the Indian men’s hockey team left for Buenos Aires to play in the upcoming FIH Pro League Matches and take on the Olympic champions, Argentina, on 11th and 12th April.
Hockey India took to Twitter and posted, “Next stop, Argentina! Send in all your wishes for, #TeamIndia in the comments section!”
✈️ Next stop, Argentina!
Send in all your wishes for, #TeamIndia in the comments section! 🙌
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) March 31, 2021
Two warm-up matches will be played between India and Argentina on 6th and 7th April before both the teams face each other in the FIH Pro League matches.
After the Pro League matches, two more practice matches will be played on 13th and 14th April as part of preparations for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to be held from 23rd July to 8th August 2021.
Talking about the same and returning to the field after a year, Indian Men’s Hockey Team Captain Manpreet Singh said, “Not playing competitive hockey for over a year has been a big setback, but this is something every team in the world is facing due to the pandemic. Though I missed out on the Europe tour due to personal reasons, I was closely following the matches, and it was very encouraging to see how the team performed against Germany and Great Britain. We are looking forward to yet another unbeaten tour.”
The tour is particularly important for the Indian Hockey team as it prepares them for the big game ahead, Tokyo Olympic Games.
“This tour will not only be a good occasion for the team to assess our performance but also personally for me to understand the areas I need to improve individually too” added Singh.
The 22-member team includes Amit Rohidas, Gurinder Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Birendra Lakra, Hardik Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Raj Kumar Pal, Nilakanta Sharma, Shamsher Singh, Gurjant Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay and
goalkeepers PR Sreejesh and Krishan Bahadur Pathak.
The drag-flick specialist Rupinder Pal Singh and Varun Kumar, who missed the previous Europe tour, will also be back for India.