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Rupinder, Akash make comebacks; Sardar retains place in Asian Games squad

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Ace dragflicker and striker today returned to India's 18-member men's squad for next month's in Indonesia, where the country would be defending its gold medal.

The team for the 18th Asian Games, to be held in and from August 18 to September 2, was announced by today and featured just two changes from squad that won a second consecutive silver medal in Breda, recently.

While Rupinder, who was rested from squad, returned to the side in place of Jarmanpreet Singh, Akashdeep replaced an injured

The rest of the squad, to be led by veteran PR Sreejesh, is the same that took part in the final edition of

Chinglensana Singh has been retained as the vice and he will be joined by the experienced Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, and in the mid-field.

India's forward-line will has just one change in Akashdeep replacing Ramandeep, who suffered a in the Champions Trophy. Besides Akashdeep, SV Sunil, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay and Dilpreet Singh are the other strikers in the Asian Games-bound squad.

The team's defence will be strengthened by the return of experienced dragflicker Rupinder along side Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Amit Rohidas, and

defeated in the final at the 2014 edition in Incheon, to win the gold and will be eager to repeat the feat to book an automatic berth in the 2020 Tokyo

India's is happy with the composition of the team.

"We have a great mix of players who have shown their abilities in recent tournaments. But it is unfortunate we will be missing Ramandeep Singh's experience as he is ruled out of the due to a recent knee surgery," Harendra said.

"It is good to have back in the mix. Both Rupinder and Akashdeep have remained in camp when the team was away in Breda and have had good match practice against over the past week and are raring to go," he added.

The players, who returned from Breda, have joined the rest of the core group at the ongoing national camp at the Authority of center in Bengaluru after a short five-day break.

The next three weeks will see them take on the Korean national team in five practice matches and in three matches ahead of the all-important Games.

"While the practice matches against will have a mix of players from the core group, the matches against will be played by the 18 members who are selected for the Asian Games," the said.

"I believe this will be good for the team in their preparation for the where we will certainly go for the gold to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," added Harendra.


Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh (Captain), Krishan B Pathak

Defenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Birendra Lakra, Surender Kumar, Rupinder Pal Singh,

Midfielders: Manpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (Vice-Captain), Simranjeet Singh, Sardar Singh,

Forwards: SV Sunil, Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Dilpreet Singh.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 12:50 IST