2018 is a busy schedule for Team Indian Hockey team, and this is an important time for selectors to choose team wisely and give proper rest to the star members of the team. The team will be announced on Today at 4 pm, and everyone eyes are set on this selection. Indian skipper Manpreet Singh who has been playing non-stop since 2017 has a high possibility to rested in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. During a press conference, he spoke about his importance,”We had a good run last year, but this year we look to retain our crown at the Asian Games, thereby directly qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The biggest opportunity for us is the prospect of winning the World Cup in our backyard so we will give our all to prepare in the best way possible, starting with the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and then the Commonwealth Games.”
Star Half-back player Manpreet Singh played his debut match in 2011 at the age of 19 years. Since 2011 he is representing India in every competition. During the previous event at New Zealand, Manpreet scored seven goals in that tournament which results India ended as a second in the Four Nations Invitational Tournament by conceding total 17 goals against Japan and New Zealand. The next big-ticket events for team India are Azlan Shah Cup and Commonwealth Games, which means it is this year is going to be a busy year. And before Commonwealth games, this drop will be a fresh start for Manpreet Singh.
Future of Sardar Singh is also suspensible. The 31-year-old former Indian Captain has been out from the team in last year, which indicates team management and Coach Sjoerd Marijne are thinking a different point of view. National selectors have decided to select two different teams for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and the Commonwealth Games. Team’s priority is to secure his place for the 2020 Olympics by winning the Asian Games (in August-September) and FIH World Cup.