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Sardar, Ramandeep dropped for varied reasons, says Marijne

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Veteran and were today axed from Indian men's team for and head said while the former lost out his place because of stiff competition, the latter was dropped because of inconsistent performances in recent past.

"Sardar was dropped from team because of stiff competition for centre position and Ramandeep was omitted for his inconsistent performance. They, however, are good players," Marijne told after the announcement of the squad here.

Sardar's exclusion was on expected lines as he performed below-par at this year's Azlan Shah Cup. However, a few eyebrows were raised at Ramandeep's exclusion as he performed decently in the same tournament.

While will don the captain's armband, Chinglensana Singh will be his deputy.

"The reins of has been given to Chinglensana. These players can play vertical and have the ability to score goals," the said.

Admitting that world champions would be the team to beat at the Gold Coast CWG, Marijne said Indian players need to be disciplined to win matches at the quadrennial event to be held at Gold Coast from April 4 to 15.

The Indian team has been clubbed in Pool B along with Pakistan, Malaysia, and England. will begin their campaign against arch-rivals on April 7.

Marijne said need to focus on the opening match against to set the momentum for the tournament.

The Dutchman, however, expects to meet the reigning CWG champions and hosts in the semifinals or the summit clash.

Asked about his expectations from Manpreet, Marijne said he will be a part of the leadership group, which also includes former and goalkeeper PR Sreejesh.

Sreejesh made a comeback to the side after recovering from a career-threatening Medial Collateral which he suffered during the Azlan Shah Cup in 2017. His brilliant show during the tour saw him get his rightful place back.

Sreejesh will be backed by the 22-year-old talent who played a crucial part in the teams good show in Bhubaneswar last year in his senior counterpart's absence.

Meanwhile, Manpreet said it is important for to perform as a unit in the CWG to get desired results.

Manpreet said India's main focus would be to pull off a victory against in their opening match.

"We need to focus on our plan and maintain discipline. That is the main thing," he said.

Manpreet praised India's performance in this year's Azlan Shah despite the team finishing a disappointing fifth in the six-team event.

"This is a very positive thing for us that the young team did well in Azlan Shah," he said.

Speaking about India's new Chris Ciriello, Manpreet said the Australian brings in a lot to the table.

"Most important thing is Chris' mindset. He brings in the winning mentality from The Australians always look to win matches which I like the most. We are learning many things from him," he said.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 16:30 IST