IND vs JPN Dream11 Team: Hosts India look to continue their marauding ways as they take on a tricky Japan outfit in the second semi-final
India Vs Japan Semi-Final 2 FIH Series Final Best Dream 11 Team
Ranked 5th in the world, blowing sides apart with their new style of stunning attacking play, India have been everything and more than was expected of them. The hosts have made full use of their home advantage to fly their way into the semi-finals of the FIH Series Final.
After topping Pool A courtesy of three awe-inducing wins, India now take the next big step today when they take on fellow Asian competitors Japan in the second semi-final of the marquee league. For the home side, this tournament is more than a glistening trophy or sealing their berth in the Japan 2020 Olympic Qualifiers. It’s about giving the faithful home supporters who were left bitterly disappointed after the fiasco of the World Cup held at the same stadium, something finally to cheer about.
On current record and in stature, India are without a doubt the firm favourites to emerge from this top 4 encounter as the clear-cut winners. Not only did they top Pool A but did it in the most scintillating of fashions, winning three consecutive matches where they scored 23 goals and conceded just the one in return.
In Japan though, India will face their sternest test of the tournament up till now. Undefeated in Pool B, Japan trounced Poland 6-2 in the second cross-over, wiping the floor with the as they showcased the attacking skill set which the Asian side have at their disposal.
For all that Japan have done right this tournament, India should be a challenge too big for them. Under the new tutelage of Graham Reid, the hosts have massively improved on finishing chances infront of goal, an aberration which has seen their fair share of results being snatched away from them.
Another area where India have massively improved on is the defensive facet. They’ve curtailed defences by imbedding the basic due processes so seamlessly with mainstays Harmanpreet Singh and Varun Kumar being perfectly paired alongside Gurinder Singh and Surender Kumar. Although this quartet will be adequately tested by Japan, expect them to withstand the test of time and guide India to what should be a comfortable win at the end of the night.
Goal-Keeper for IND vs JPN Dream11
With one eye on the impending Olympic Qualifiers later this year, India have kept shuffling around with their shot-stopper. It is this script which sees us go with the Japanese pick here with Yoshiwaka constituting the man in between the sticks for us.
Defenders for IND vs JPN Dream11
There is no doubting the fact that Harmanpreet Singh and Varun Kumar make an immediate entry into our Dream 11 side. A pairing which epitomises everything a defensive unit is supposed to carry out, the duo has been a testament on how to tackle and attack perfectly. Also the fact that they are a pivotal part of India’s penalty corner routines only strengthens their case for a selection.
Zendana is the lone pick from Japan for us. Although India are more than certain to rake up a bunch of goals, his contribution at the front of the park is what sees him earn a call to our unit.
Midfielders for IND vs JPN Dream11
An Indian side in current times with Manpreet Singh taking centrestage is almost a regulation fact now. The composure which the Indian captain shows in the certain of the park is quissential to India’s success, ensuring that he makes his way forward to accompany the attacking line while being a solid presence in defence as well. Vivek Sagar Prasad and Simranjeet Singh will be paired up alongside him for us.
Suguru Hoshi is yet again the lone pick from Japan, completing our midfield picks.
Forwards for IND vs JPN Dream11
Akashdeep Singh and Mandeep Singh. No matter how hard we try to scrimmage for a better pairing upfront, there is no bettering the abilities of the two strikers from India. It’s a partnership held in massive reverence, the patrons of a basket full of goals for the country and expect them to fully repeat their heroics against India.
Despite India’s resolute defence, the six goals Japan scored against Poland make their strikers to hard to ignore. We are going to be selecting Watanbe from their line-up to wrap up our Dream 11 side for this crucial encounter.
Captain And Vice-Captain
India’s Akashdeep Singh is going to be handed over the mantle of captaincy while Harmanpreet Singh is our vice-captain.
FIH Series Final
Match: India Vs Japan, Semi-Final 2
Date And Time: 14th June, Friday- 7:00pm IST
Venue: Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar