The 2017 Hockey World League (HWL) semi-finals in London get underway from June 15, with Manpreet Singh's Indian team opening its campaign on Thursday against Scotland.
 When and where to watch Hockey World League Semifinal 2017,Live Coverage

The 2017 Hockey World League (HWL) semi-finals in London get underway from June 15, with Manpreet Singh's Indian team opening its campaign on Thursday against Scotland.


India are grouped in Pool B with Canada, Scotland, Netherlands and Pakistan. After the Scotland opener, Manpreet's men face Canada on June 17, Pakistan on June 18 and World No 4 Netherlands on June 20.


India's coach Roelant Oltmans has targeted nothing less than a bronze medal, while Manpreet recently stated that finishing second is the minimum goal.



Indian Men’s Team have arrived in London on the back of a good learning experience at the Three Nations Invitational tournament held in in Dusseldorf, Germany which concluded on 6th June.


India finished the Three Nations Invitational Tournament in Dusseldorf, with one win and one loss against Belgium and a draw and a loss against the Host Germany with one won, a draw and two defeats. Prior to that, the team returned home with a bronze medal at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.



Here is India's schedule for the HWL semi-finals: 

India's schedule for the HWL2017 semi-finals 


The game to watch out for would be the hotly-contested match-up between the two neighbouring countries India and Pakistan on the 18th. Both the teams will be hoping to qualify for the Hockey World League final later in 2017 which will be played in Bhubaneswar. India are number six in the World Rankings while Pakistan are placed on the 13th position


India vs Pakistan , Hockey World League Semifinal 2017 


India’s ace drag-flicker and defender Rupinder Pal Singh and midfielder SK Uthappa have been ruled out of the HWL League Semi-Finals and they will be replaced by defender Jasjit Singh Kular and Sumit respectively.


“With a strong core group who have been working together since February this year, we have several options and I don’t see this as a setback for us at all,” said coach Roelant Oltmans ahead of the team’s first match. 


INDIA SQUAD:

Goalkeepers: Akash Chikte, Vikas Dahiya

Defenders: Pardeep Mor, Kothajit Singh, Surender Kumar, Rupinder Pal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh

Midfielders: Chinglensana Singh, SK Uthappa, Satbir Singh, Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, Harjeet Singh

Forwards: Ramandeep Singh, SV Sunil, Talwinder Singh, Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh.



When And Where To Watch Live Coverage:

Team India’s matches will be broadcasted on Star Sports 2/ HD2, Star Sports 1HD Hindi and Hotstar. All matches have a scheduled start time of 6:30 p.m.




Source:TimesOfIndia
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