India vs Netherlands: Preview Hockey Pro League
The Indian hockey team will start their Tokyo Olympics’ preparation, when they take on world number 3 the Netherlands hockey team in the FIH Pro League opener at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubneshwar on Saturday at 7 pm. This will be India’s debut in the FIH Hockey Pro League after having missed the first edition.
India will face Netherlands again on sunday at 5 pm.
The Indians would benefitted by their familiarity with the Kalinga Stadium turf, having trained and played numerous matches here.
It is the same venue where the eight-time Olympic champions qualified for the 2020 Games after thrashing Russia 11-3 on aggregate in the two-leg FIH Qualifiers in November last year.
India will field a full-strength team which will witness the return of midfielders Chinglensana Singh and Sumit, who were out with injuries.
Chinglensana was on the sidelines with an ankle fracture since the National Championship last year, while Sumit suffered a wrist injury in June during the FIH Men’s Series Final.