Top 5 Indian players to watch out for in World Hockey League Semi finals
With the World Hockey League semi finals starting from tomorrow, the Indian team has done well in the practice matches and is ready for their first match against France. Indians are grouped with Pakistan, Australia and Poland. With India having qualified for the Olympics 2016, this tournament is important for the team as this will help to make better plans.
Here we look at the top 5 Indian players to watch out in World Hockey League semi finals:
1. Sardar Singh
Sardar Singh the captain of the Indian team has to perform well and lead from the front in this tournament. Sardar Singh has lot of experience with him and the inputs given by him will help the team to perform well. With Rio Olympics the captain will try new combinations and the focus for Sardar Singh is to play attacking hockey from the first match. He has 206 match experience behind him.
2. Rupinder Pal Singh
With no Ragunath in the team for this tournament the responsblity of taking penalty corners will be on Rupinder Pal Singh. He has 116 international caps for India. The penalty corner conversion has been a problem for India and if Rupinder can convert penalty corners then India chances in the tournament will brighten up. Against France and rest of the teams Rupinder Pal Singh role will be huge.
3. Akashdeep Singh
Akasdeep Singh is another young forward player for the Indian team. He puts pressure on the defense on the opponents and creates openings leading to goals. India is fortunate to have such a talented player with so much potential. He has 28 goals to his name. India’s attack will depend on Akashdeep Singh and his ability to put pressure on the opponent will help India to win matches.
4. P Sreejesh
P Sreejesh is in excellent form of late. He has performed brilliantly for India. He has 130 international matches behind. His saves have helped India win plenty of the matches. With good teams in India’s group, Sreejesh’s form in the tournament will help India to go a long way in the tournament. His ability to remain cool under pressure makes him a special goalkeeper.
5. Nikkin Thimmah
Nikkin Thimmah is another young forward player for India. He has done well for the India in the recent past. In the Sultan Azlan Shah match against Australia and helped India to register 4-2 over the champions. He knows his strengths and will be key man for the Indian team in the attack to put pressure on the defenders. He has 33 match experience with him.
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