Halfback Manpreet Singh was today named the Indian hockey captain for next month’s 3 Nations Invitational Tournament in Germany and the World League Semi Final in England after regular skipper P R Sreejesh was ruled out due to a knee injury.The 3 Nations Invitational Tournament will be played in Dusseldorf, Germany from June 1 followed by the Hockey World League Semi Final in London starting June 15.The 18-member team will play two matches each against hosts Germany and Belgium before arriving in London for the Hockey World League Semi Final where India are grouped with Canada, Netherlands, Pakistan and Scotland in Pool B.The team led by Manpreet, with Chinglensana Singh Kangujam as his deputy, will see Pardeep Mor, Kothajit Singh join the defence line along with Surender Kumar, Rupinder Pal Singh and Harmanpreet Singh, Hockey India stated in a press release.Harmanpreet and Rupinder will continue to be the penalty corner specialists while Akash Chikte and Vikas Dahiya will carry the onus of goalkeepers for the team in the absence of Sreejesh.Sreejesh sustained an injury while playing against Australia in the league stage at the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Tournament.The midfield will feature S K Uthappa, Satbir Singh, Harjeet Singh, Chinglensana Singh and the experienced Manpreet and Sardar Singh. Both Uthappa and Satbir were rested for the previous tournament in Malaysia where the team won a bronze medal.The Indian forward-line will see Ramandeep Singh come back into the fold, joining SV Sunil, Akashdeep Singh, Talwinder Singh and Mandeep Singh in the attack.advertisement”The idea was to bring in a couple of changes in positions after Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. Like I had said before, there are three tours this year including Azlan Shah Cup where we would like to give opportunities to younger players,” chief coach Roelant Oltmans said.”Though we are taking a few players who are not that experienced, we still want to do well and the aim is to finish in Top 2 at the Men’s Hockey World League Semi Final and I look forward to see how the boys will perform against big teams, he added.According to the Dutchman, the biggest takeaway from the season opener in Malaysia was the team’s improvised style of play and ball possession.”We were fast and also when we compared statistics, we had better ball possession (about 62 per cent on an average) which is a big improvement from previous years.”But I would like to see our conversion rate in field goals and PC to improve from a 20 per cent and 24 per cent respectively,” stated Oltmans.The team resumed the national camp on May 14 and will continue till May 28 before leaving for Germany on May 29.The Squad:Goalkeepers: Akash Chikte, Vikas DahiyaDefenders Pardeep Mor, Kothajit Singh, Surender Kumar, Rupinderpal Singh, Harmanpreet SinghMidfielders: Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (Vice Captain), S K Uthappa, Satbir Singh, Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh (Captain), Harjeet SinghForwards: Ramandeep Singh, SV Sunil, Talwinder Singh, Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh.
Rohit Sharma scored only 2 and 19 in India’s warm-up matches ahead of World Cup 2019. The top-order collectively failed at The Oval while Rohit and his opening partner flopped again in Cardiff.In the 2019 Indian Premier League, Rohit Sharma was far from his fluent best but for obvious reasons, he is one of the most dominant batsmen in world cricket in the shorter formats. And in recent years, few batsmen have been as dangerous as Rohit Sharma – he has the most sixes in one-day internationals since the 2015 World Cup.Over the last four years, Rohit Sharma has hit 130 sixes in one-day internationals. England captain Eoin Morgan has hit 100 sixes in the same period while New Zealand opener Martin Guptill has 87 sixes. Jos Buttler has hit 85 sixes since World Cup 2015, Chris Gayle has 76 and Aaron Finch has 61.2 other England stars Ben Stokes (59) and Jason Roy (56) also make the list.India captain Virat Kohli has hit 55 sixes in the last 4 years. While Rohit Sharma has hit a six every 30.6 balls, Virat Kohli hits one every 79.6 balls.After 2015, Rohit Sharma has taken his game in ODIs to a different level. In 2016, he scored 564 runs from 10 matches including 2 hundreds. In 2017 and 2018, Rohit Sharma smashed 2323 runs from 40 ODIs. 11 of his his 22 hundreds in one-day internationals were also scored in those 2 years.In 2019, Rohit Sharma has hit 1 hundred from 13 ODIs and has only been a shadow of himself with the bat. But he is a big tournament player and India are hopeful he will once again play a major role in the World Cup.advertisementIn the 2015 World Cup, Rohit Sharma scored 330 runs from 8 matches including a scintillating 137 in the quarterfinal against Bangladesh. 4 years later, as vice captain of the Indian team and one of the 3 pillars for the side in one-dayers, Rohit Sharma knows the expectations have grown manifold.How Rohit Sharma performs alongside Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli will determine how India do in this World Cup.Also Read | ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: All you need to knowAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Batting with MS Dhoni is a dream, says KL RahulAlso Watch: