India fought hard before losing 3-4 to defending champions Australia in their first match of the two-leg FIH Pro League encounter.
Hosts India would look to continue their fine form when they take on title holders Australia in their next FIH Pro League tie in Bhubaneswar on Friday.
A field hockey player who helped Britain win gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics has announced her retirement after failing to recover from head trauma
Harmanpreet Singh will shoulder the duties of the vice-captain in the matches against Australia, scheduled to take place on February 21 and 22 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
Manpreet Singh, who made his debut in 2011, and now has 260 international appearances under his belt, learnt the basics of the game at the hockey stadium at Mithapur village in Jalandhar.
Manpreet Singh, the 27-year-old midfielder, beat competition from Belgium's Arthur van Dorren and Argentina's Lucas Villa, who came second and third respectively.
Since making her debut in 2017 in a test series against Belarus, Lalremsiami has made a name for herself as a striker of phenomenal ability.
Vivek was voted the Best Young Player of the FIH Series Final and later figured in the national squad for the Olympic qualifiers against Russia in Bhubaneswar last year.
After a string of impressive results, India lose to world champions Belgium in a closely-contested match
The otherworldly performances by goalkeepers Krishan Pathak and PR Sreejesh guided India to a 2-1 upset over Belgium, a team they hadn’t defeated in the previous 10 matches.
The otherworldly performances by Krishan Pathak and PR Sreejesh in the goal guided India to a 2-1 upset over Belgium, a team they hadn’t defeated in the previous 10 matches.
Against Belgium, however, that will be a massive challenge. Reid has left the defence untouched, more or less. The challenge, however, will be bigger for the midfielders and forwards. Not just because of the new combinations, but also because of the quality of the opposition.
Chief coach Graham Reid has made seven changes to the 18-man squad for this weekend's match from the team that played against the Netherlands last month.
Last year marked an eventful season for the Indian women's team as it booked its ticket to 2020 Olympics, where for the first time in the history of the game it will make back-to-back appearances.
The Indian women's team was scheduled to travel to China from March 14 to 25. However, due to the fast-spreading disease, that has killed over 636 people and infected at least 31,161, it has been cancelled.
The move was aimed at grooming young talent in view of 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games.
Navneet Kaur found the net in the 45th and 58th minutes, while Sharmila scored a field goal in the 54th minute as India drew curtains on the New Zealand tour on a bright note.
After winning their opening match of the tour against the hosts' development squad, India had suffered two-back-to-back losses to New Zealand.
The seasoned PR Sreejesh, Krishan Pathak, Gurinder Singh, Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Jarmanpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh are also part of the squad.
Rani Rampal, who joined SAI as an assistant coach in 2015, has been promoted to the post of coach (Level-10), with immediate effect.
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