The Indians will be up against Australia in the next fixture of the Men’s FIH Pro League at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar. Australia are the title holders and will be keen on going the distance yet again. In terms of the standings, India has registered two wins and have a shootout bonus under their belts along with a loss which positions them at 4th. Australia on the other end, haven’t been able to strike authority so far as they’ve won one, lost one and have a shootout bonus.
Date-Friday, February 21
Time-7:00 PM (IST)
Venue- Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneshwar
The hosts are fresh from a 3-2 defeat to World Champions Belgium and would want to come back strongly. Mandeep Singh has been one of the mainstays and should start for India. Lalit Upadhyay and Gurjant Singh are in contention to lead the forward line. The captain Manpreet Singh and V S Prasad should accommodate midfield. Ravinder Pal Singh has been pivotal for Team India and will continue to be in charge of the defence.
Squad:Manpreet Singh (c), Harmanpreet Singh, Krishan Pathak, Birendra Lakra, Sunil Sowmparpet, Nilakanta Sharma, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Vivek Prasad, Lalit Upadhyay, Amit Rohidas, Gurinder Singh, C Kangujam, Sumit, Surender Kumar, Rupinder Singh, Sreejesh Parattu, Akashdeep Singh.
The Aussies are coming off a thumping 5-1 win against Great Britain. Tom Craig and Tim Brand will be contending to start uptop. The skipper A Zalewski and L Sharp will be in charge of the midfield. J Hayward and E Ockenden are likely to feature in defence.
Squad: A Zalewski (c), J Whetton, J Simmonds, Daniel Beale, E Ockenden, A Charter, T Craig, Tim Brand, Matthew Swann, Flynn Ogilvie, T Wickham, J Anderson, J Hayward, M Dawson, Tim Howard, Tyler Lovell, D Wotherspoon, L Sharp.
India fantasy picks:
Mandeep Singh: 81 goals from 157 matches.
Harmanpreet Singh: 70 goals from 115 matches.
Rupinder Pal Singh: 105 goals from 158 matches.
Australia fantasy picks:
Dylan Wotherspoon: 31 goals from 89 matches.
Jeremy Hayward: 64 goals from 153 matches.
Trent Mitton: 65 goals from 132 matches.
GK: S Parattu
DEF: E Ockenden, J Hayward, Ravinder Pal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh
MID: L Sharp, A Zalewski, V S Prasad, Manpreet Singh
FWD: T Craig, Mandeep Singh