Tough hitter, tall forward and a hunter: Makeup of Junior India Hockey Team

Key players of India’s 18-man squad for the Junior World Cup:

hardest hitter, a drag-flicker

India have three or four options from penalty corners but the team’s vice-captain Sanjay is one of the best drag-flickers in the team. He is regarded as one of the hardest hitters of the ball in the country including senior players. His flicks are power-packed and he is able to find corners on a regular basis, which makes it difficult to stop. Shardanand Tiwari is another good choice for India on the set-piece.

master of midfield

India are spoiled for options in the midfield but the focus will be on 19-year-old Vishnu Kant Singh. He is known for his exceptional stick skills, has sharp hands and has impressed coaches with his decision making skills on the ball. The Uttar Pradesh midfielder has been with the team for the last three years and can also play as a centre-half.

Prasad, Creative Outlet

Vivek Sagar Prasad made his senior team debut at an age when most others would fight for a place in the junior team. In 2018, at the age of 17, he became the second youngest player to represent India. Now he will captain the junior team. The Crafty center-half is the team’s creative outlet. He is constantly on the move, making room and making himself available to get the pass. He will be a key player for India in this tournament.

hundal, long forward

At roughly 6-foot-3-inches, Arijit Singh Hundal is the tallest player in the forward line, and one of the tallest strikers to have played for India. He has a powerful shot on both the forehand and backhand, and his height gives him a huge advantage in terms of reach. India’s forward has not been around long and Hundal could potentially be that player for the team.

Hunter

Sudeep Chiramako is partnering with Hundal, one of the tiniest players on the field. The Sundergarh striker proved his mettle during the Youth Olympics, showing excellent goal scoring skills and a very good hockey mind, with a knack for getting into the right positions at the right times.

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India’s schedule (Pool B):

24 November: vs France, 8 p.m.

November 25: vs Canada, 7.30 pm

27 November: vs Poland, 7.30 pm

Knockout Round:

quarter finals: December 1st;

Semifinals: December 3;

Final: December 5

Group Stage Matches Live: https://watch.hockey/

Knockout Match Live on Star Sports Network

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