Thursday, September 29, 2011
Bharat Chetri the new captain for Indian Hockey team..
Bharat Chetri, India's goalkeeper, was announced the captain of the Indian hockey team which tours Australia next month.
The squad that was announced on Thursday also includes tainted duo Sandeep Singh and Sardara Singh.
In an attempt to rotate players and provide equal opportunities, the squad has been shuffled to accommodate fit players and divide responsibilities.
This will be 27-year-old Chetri's first stint as captain. Experienced midfielder Ignace Tirkey has been appointed as the vice-captain.
Former skipper Rajpal will continue to be part of the forward line which includes youngsters like Yuvraj Walimiki, Gurvinder Singh Chandi, Danish Mujtaba and Sarvanjit Singh who impressed tremendously with their performance in the recently concluded Asian Champions Trophy in China.
Arjun Halappa, Tushar Khandker and Bharat Chikara make a comeback after injuries forced them out of action in the recent past.
Also in the side are Sandeep and Sardara who will look to make most of the opportunity after HI decided to revoke the two-year ban they were handed for indiscipline.
PR Sreejesh will be the second goalkeeper in the 22-member squad.
On the tour to Australia, the Indian team is scheduled to play a four-nation nine-a-side International Super Series and a tri-series with Pakistan and Australia.