India will look forward to defend its title in the 2nd Asian Champions Trophy to be played on a round robin league format at Doha, Qatar from 20-27 December 2012. Indian Senior Men hockey team announced for 2nd Asian Champions Trophy. The 2012 tournament will also feature China on 20 December 2012 followed by matches against Japan, Oman, Pakistan and Malaysia on 21,23,24 and 26 December respectively.
India is the defeating champion as they defeated Pakistan 4-2 via penalty shootout in a nerve wrecking final to clinch the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament played at Ordos Hockey Stadium, China in 2011. The high voltage clash between India and Pakistan remained goalless after normal and extra time but finally ended into India winning it via penalty shootout.
Indian Hockey Squad for Asian Champions Hockey Trophy 2012
The 18 member squad will be captained by Midfielder Sardar Singh while fullback VR Raghunath will be the vice Captain. Indian Senior Men hockey team announced for 2nd Asian Champions Trophy, Doha, Qatar.
The Indian Squad:
GOAL KEEPERS: PR Sreejesh, PT Rao
FULLBACKS: VR Raghunath (Vice-Captain), Rupinderpal Singh, Harbir Singh
HALF BACKS: Sardar Singh (Captain), Kothajit Singh, Birendra Lakra, Manpreet Singh, Gurmail Singh
FORWARDS: SV Sunil, Gurvinder Singh Chandi, Danish Mujtaba, S.K. Uthappa, Nithin Thimmaiah, Yuvraj Walmiki, Dharamvir Singh, Akashdeep Singh
STANDBYS: Srenivas Rao – Goalkeeper, Sandeep Singh – Defender, Amit Rohidas- Defender, MB Aiyappa – Halfback, Shivendra Singh – Forward, Chinglensana Singh- Forward, Pradhan Sommanna- Forward, PL Thimmanna- Forward