Vastavam web: India’s seasoned striker Ramandeep Singh was on Tuesday recalled to the Indian squad to be led by Manpreet Singh at the FIH Men’s Series Finals, commencing on June 6 in Bhubaneswar. Ramandeep, who has been out of action due to a knee injury, has returned after a gap of nine months.
Varun Kumar, who was rested for the Australian tour, and Amit Rohidas have also made a comeback, while midfielder Sumit also returns to the team. Birendra Lakra has been named Manpreet’s deputy for the upcoming tournament as Hockey India announced the much-awaited 18-member squad. The 26-year-old Ramandeep will be seen tackling India’s forward-line along side Mandeep Singh, Gursahibjit Singh, Simranjeet Singh and Akashdeep Singh.
Experienced goalkeeper PR Sreejesh and Krishan B Pathak will defend the post for the team. Harmanpreet Singh, Lakra, Surender Kumar, Varun Kumar, Amit Rohidas and Gurinder Singh will form India’s backline, while the midfield will see Manpreet playing a key role along with youngsters Hardik Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Sumit and Nilakanta Sharma.