Match 2: 28th November 2018 at 19:00 PM IST
Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 has arrived with a lot more fanfare and expectations. The hosts, India will begin their sojourn against South Africa seeking to end 43-year title drought. Since World Cup triumph in 1975, India have never made it to semifinals of the coveted tournament. The hosts, led by seasoned campaigner in Manpreet Singh, are going in with a strong contingent.
South Africa, on the other hand, come into the tournament with a lot to prove. They were not allowed to participate in the Rio Olympics despite qualifying by its Olympics association. On their return to the top-flight tournament, they have a golden opportunity of redemption.
Head-to-Head (*since 2013)
India – 2, South Africa – 0
The 14th edition of Men’s Hockey World Cup will be held at Bhubaneswar in Odisha (India) where World’s top 16 teams will battle out for 19 days in pursuit of the title.
Top contenders: The defending champions Australia, Olympic champions Argentina and most successful team Pakistan are being touted as prime contenders to lift the trophy.
Here’s how the two sides may lineup for India vs South Africa Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 match
India Playing 11:
Goalkeeper – PR Sreejesh
Defenders – Kothajit Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Hardik Singh
Midfielders – Lalit Upadhyay, Manpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Nilakanta Sharma
Forwards – Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh (Doubt: Dilpreet Singh)
South Africa Playing 11:
Goalkeeper – Gowan Jones/Rassie Pieterse
Defenders – Austin Smith, Jethro Eustice, Rhett Halkett, Tommy Hammond
Midfielders – Nic Spooner, Tim Drummond, Taine Paton
Strikers – Julian Hykes, Bili Ntuli
India squad: PR Sreejesh, Krishna Bahadur Pathak, Harmanpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Birendra Lakra, Varun Kumar, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Manpreet Singh (c), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (vc), Sumit, Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Simranjeet Singh, Mandeep Singh and Dilpreet Singh.
South Africa squad: Tim Drummond, Gowan Jones, Peabo Lembethe, Mo Mea, Bili Ntuli, Taine Paton, Richard Pautz, Rassie Pieterse, Austin Smith, Nic Spooner, Dayaan Cassiem, Taylor Dart, Tyson Dlungwana, Jethro Eustice, Rhett Halkett, Tommy Hammond, Keenan Horne and Julian Hykes.
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Akashdeep Singh (174 international appearances) is the most capped Indian player along with Mandeep Singh, a member of the 2014 World Cup side, are crucial for India’s chances in the tournament.
Simranjeet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Neelakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Sumit and Chinglensana Singh are among others who can play a vital role for the hosts.
Julian Hykes, Tim Drummond, Bili Ntuli and Rhett Halkett are the safest options from South Africa.
India are favourites. PICK FEWER SOUTH AFRICA PLAYERS.
Indian viewers can watch Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 on Star Sports and Doordarshan. India vs South Africa Hockey match can also be Live Streamed Online on Hotstar.
This India vs South Africa Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 Dream11 prediction is based on news sourced from various sources. We suggest you pick your IND vs SA Dream11 Team from the squad listed above. Kindly revisit before the deadline to get the final update.