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Sardar, Thakur return to Indian hockey – as coaches

Uthra Ganesan


Indian hockey will see the return of prolific scorer and former star Deepak Thakur and legendary Sardar Singh in new roles with the duo named as coaches for the Indian males’s and ladies’s ‘A’ groups respectively on Saturday.

While there have been developmental sides in Indian hockey up to now, that is maybe the primary time since lengthy that ‘A’ groups, with a watch on increasing the expertise pool, have been named in a busy competitors yr.

It may also be a welcome return to energetic hockey for former captain Sardar since his retirement in 2018. Thakur, nonetheless, has been actively concerned in teaching roles along with his employer Indian Oil for home meets for the previous few years though he has stored his distance from the nationwide scene.


The 33-member squads every for women and men will start coaching on the SAI Bengaluru Centre from March 7. The transfer comes following a gathering with Sports Secretary Sujata Chaturvedi to overview preparations for the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.

New faces

Interestingly, whereas the ladies’s squad contains a number of youthful and new faces, the boys’s squad will see the return of veterans S.V. Sunil, Rupinderpal Singh and Birendra Lakra who, in a shock transfer, have made themselves out there for choice regardless of asserting retirement publish Tokyo Olympics final yr. Experienced ahead Ramandeep Singh has additionally been included within the squad.

The squads:

Men: Goalkeepers: Prashant Kumar Chauhan, Pawan, Pankaj Kumar Rajak, Sahil Kumar Nayak; Defenders: Rupinder Pal Singh, Birendra Lakra, Manjeet, Yashdeep Siwach, Moirangthem Dinachandra Singh, Abhisek Lakra, Faraz Mohd, Akshay Avhad, Nabin Kujur, Abhishek Pratap Singh.

Midfielders: Mareeswaran Sakthivel, Sushil Dhanwar, Sheshe Gowda B.M., Bharath Okay.R., Gregory Xess, Darshan Vibhav Gawkar.

Forwards: Sandeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Maninder Singh, S. Karthi, Prabhjot Singh, Pawan Rajbhar, Abharan Sudev, Pardeep Singh, Mohd. Umar, Harsahib Singh, S.V. Sunil, Sunit Lakra, Rahul Ekka.

Women: Goalkeepers: Rashanpreet Kaur, F. Ramenmawi, Sheweta; Defenders: Simran Singh, Gagandeep Kaur, Marina Lalramnghaki, Priyanka, Reet, Reema Baxla, Mudita, Sumita.

Midfielders: Khusbu Kujur, Rinki Kujur, Premanjali Toppo, Prabhleen Kaur, Ajmina Kujur, Sushma Kumari, Jyoti, Mary Kandulana, Amandeep Kaur, Kavita Bagdi, Kirandeep Kaur.

Forwards: Chetna, Yogita Bora, Jiwan Kishori Toppo, Lalrindiki, Sarabdeep Kaur, Raju Ranwa, Neeraj Rana, Kanchan Nidhi Kerketta, Anjali Gautam, Monika Dipi Toppo, Dipti Lakra.

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