Dilip Tirkey to lead India in World Cup

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/G/Generic.jpg' class='caption'> Veteran Dilip Tirkey will lead the 18-man squad for next month's Hockey World Cup in Mönchengladbach in Germany.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:36 IST
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New Delhi:

Veteran Dilip Tirkey will lead the 18-man squad for next month's Hockey World Cup in Mönchengladbach in Germany, the Indian Hockey Federation announced in Chennai on Thursday. The tournament will take place from September 6 to 17. India are in Pool B along with hosts and holders Germany, Asian Games Gold Medalist South Korea, Champions Trophy winner Holland, African Champions South Africa and 1986 Olympic Gold Medalists England. There were no major surprises in the squad. Adrian D'Souza and Bharat Chetri will vie for the goalkeeper's job, while Dilip Tirkey, Kanwalpreet Singh and penalty corner specialist Sandeep Singh make up the fullbacks. The halfbacks include Ignace Tirkey, who makes a comeback after being out of action for several months with an injury, while Nitin Kumar finds a place after his performances in the six-nation junior tournament in Poland earlier this year. Gagan Ajit Singh is expected to lead the forward line along with the likes of Tushar Khandekar. The IHF has also signed on the very same company that provides Video Analysis to the Indian Cricket team for next month's tournament to help them out in next month's tournament. The squad:Goalkeepers: Adrian D'Souza, Bharat Chetri. Fullbacks: Dilip Tirkey (Captain), Kanwalpreet Singh, Sandeep Singh. Halfbacks: Vikram Pillay, Ignace Tirkey, Prabodh Tirkey, Viren Rasquinha, V S Vinay, Nitin Kumar Forwards: Gagan Ajit Singh, Rajpal Singh, Tushar Khandekar, Arjun Halappa, Hari Prasad, Tejbir Singh, Shivendra Singh. Coach: V Bhaskaran Assistant Coach: Harendra Singh Physio: K Ravi Physical Trainer: Derek Knox

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