India will play FIH Hockey Pro League matches against France and South Africa

August 5, 2021, a day that everyone thought would change the future of Indian hockey. But nothing much has changed since then. Aside from the players getting some nice money as a reward, improving the structure of the game was not worth paying attention to. Many fans expressed their views on the return Indian Hockey League (HIL)but this was not possible probably because of the pandemic.

The opportunity for hockey to become the premier game in India is still not lost. The next two years should be extremely crucial for Indian hockey, with so many top tournaments in a row.

Four tournaments that could once again help Indian hockey regain lost glory

Indian hockey scheduleManpreet Singhwhile a drag-flick expert Harmanpreet Singh he was appointed his deputy.

Some of the best Indian players who rested during the Asian Cup in Bangladesh in December will be seen in the lineup for this four-game South African tour.

India’s matches in the FIH Pro League will continue until June, where they will meet some of the best European teams such as England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Spain.

These matches will be extremely important for the Indian side as this will not only give them a good time to play, but will give the people in blue a clear picture of where they are before playing in major tournaments.

India, third in the world, will face France, which is in 13th place, and South Africa, in 10th place. These four games should not be a difficult task for Manpreet’s boys, considering the form in which they are and the rank of their opponents.

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Given that the Commonwealth Games start within a month of the end of the FIH Pro League, there can be no better tournament than this one to gain the confidence to enter the CWG.

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Australia and New Zealand withdrew from the FIH Pro League due to problems with Covid-19, which is why India remains one of the favorites to win the league. Currently, England are at the top of the scoreboard with six points in their cat.

This will be India’s first task in 2022 and they would definitely like to take children’s steps before jumping on the big stage. After playing four games in South Africa, India will return to play against Spain on 26 and 27 February 2022. Given that the women have already won the first two games against China, the Indians will not leave a stone unturned in the way of their counterparts.

The last time India met France was in the semi-finals of the Fintro Hockey World League in Antwerp in 2015, where India won 3-2. India will play against them on 8 and 12 February 2022 at 21:30 IST, while the Dutch will challenge the powerful Indians on 9 and 13 February 2022 at the same time (21:30 IST).

The last time both teams met each other was during the final of the FIH Men’s Final Series Bhubaneswar Odisha 2019, which India won 5-1 and thus won a place for the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha 2019. The overall record (since 2013) belongs to away, and India won all three games against the hosts.

Indian hockey fans are banned from good hockey after the Olympics and this tour should be a good platform to get things back on track.

Matches will be broadcast live on Star Sports Select 2, Star Sports Select 2 HD and Disney + Hotstar.

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Indian team:

goalkeepers: Sreejesh PRKrishan Bahadur Pathak

Defenders: Harmanpreet Singh (Deputy Captain), Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Varun Kumar, Jarmanpreet Singh, Jugraj Singh

Midfielders: Manpreet Singh (captain), Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Jaskaran Singh, Shamsher Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad

Forward: Mandeep SinghLalit Kumar Upadhyay, Akashdeep Singh, Shilanand Lakra, Dilpreet Singh, Abhishek


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