Asia Cup Men's Hockey 2022: Rupinder Pal Singh ruled out with injury, Birendra Lakra to lead Indian team – Sportskeeda

The Indian hockey team’s ace drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh has been ruled out of the Asia Cup Men’s Hockey 2022 due to a wrist injury. The Asia Cup is scheduled to commence on May 23 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Rupinder Pal Singh was named the skipper of the 20-member Indian squad for the prestigious tournament. However, the ace drag-flicker injured his wrist during a training session. He will be replaced by defender Nilam Sanjeep Xess in the squad.
Experienced defender Birendra Lakra will now lead the Indian side with ace forward SV Sunil serving as his deputy.
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Coach BJ Kariappa stated that while it was unfortunate to lose a talented player like Rupinder Pal Singh, the Indian team isn’t too worried. He added that there is a vast talent pool and a suitable replacement has been immediately named. BJ Kariappa said:
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India are a part of Pool A along with Pakistan, Japan, and Indonesia. The host nation Indonesia will be participating in the tournament for the first time
India are the defending champions and will kickstart their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on May 23. They will then play Japan on May 24 and lock horns with Indonesia on May 26.
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Coach BJ Kariappa and former India captain and two-time Olympian Sardar Singh will accompany the team for the Asia Cup. The prestigious hockey tournament will take place at GBK Sports Complex Hockey Stadium from May 23 to June 1.
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