IND vs RUS Dream11 : India enter the fray of today’s qualifier as overwhelming favourites with the side envisaged to trounce Russia.
When the fixture for the FIH Olympic Qualifiers were drawn up, world number 5 India couldn’t have been happier with the match that was dished up their way. The side were paired alongside the lowest ranked country in the qualification round, a lowly world number 22 in Russia who the side had thumped 10-0 when the two outfits had met previously in the FIH Series Finals.
That match followed by several more enterprising and engrossing performances in the same tournamnet and the ensuing visit of Belgium by the Indians had seen the side stamp their authority all over the international hockey fraternity. Ever since being bundled out of the world cup at the quarter-finals stage, the side have emerged as a gargantuan of a unit, one which has obliterated opponents with its stupendous brand of attacking hockey.
And the side will be looking to emulate the same come today when they take on the Russians for the first of the two qualifying clashes scheduled between the two as the hosts look to get the job done towards moving to the Olympics today itself. Playing infront of a vociferous and boisterous home support, it’s clear that this rousing and rampant Indian side will make a foray into today’s clash as overwhelming favourites, a side Russia will find extremely treacherous to square off against.
Russia’s captain Denis Shchipachev said while speaking about his side’s gameplan for this clash, “It is exciting to return to India. We had a great experience last time playing here in front of very passionate hockey fans. Although the weather in June was very hot for us, we are hopeful this time of the year is cooler here and we can get acclimatised early.”
Probable Playing 11
Manpreet Singh (c), Surender Kumar, Hardik Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Mandeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Lalit Upadhyay, Sreejesh, Birendra, Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh
Denis Shchipachev (c), Ivan Ozherelev, Mikhali Proskuriakov, Denis Starienko, Georgii Arusiia, Seneb Matkovskiy, Pavel Golubev, Sergey Lepeshkin, Andrey Kuraev, Laroslav Loginov, Artem Nadyrshin
FIH Women’s Olympic Qualifiers
Match: India Vs Russia
Date And Time: 1st November, Friday- 8:00pm IST
Venue: Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar
Where To Watch: Star Sports 1/HD
- Manpreet Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Mandeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh
- Denis Shchipachev, Ivan Ozherelev, Pavel Golubev, Andrey Kuraev
Penalty Corner Specialist
- Manpreet Singh
- Denis Shchipachev
IND vs RUS Dream11 Goal-Keeper
When we began crafting out our Dream 11 side for today’s impending clash, there was an incessant need to try and hammer down on the four ideal picks to pick up from Russia. This is a side which is going to get carved out and smeared by India, seeing us go in for their goal-keeper, Marat Gafarov solely due to the saves he’s likely to pull in today.
IND vs RUS Dream11 Defenders
When we went for India’s Harmanpreet Singh and Ravinder Pal Singh, our selection of the two players was not only based on the extreme likelihood of India emerging with a cleansheet today. These two are dragflick specialists, two players who’ll be asked to take the onus of fruitfully converting India’s penalty corners, increasing the chances of them roping in the goals for us today.
We have the one pick come in for us from Russia as well with their captain Denis Shchipachev being ingrained in our side for this encounter.
IND vs RUS Dream11 Midfielders
Over the course of the last year, India’s captain Manpreet Singh has undoubtedly been India’s finest and most consistent performer. The penalty corer specialist has carried out the side’s gameplan to perfection, dictating play impeccably for the side by using his scoops, lofts, drags and flicks to immaculate effect to emerge as the fulcrum of his side.
The player is an instant pick for us alongside Hardik Singh while from Russia we are getting in two players in the form of Andrey Kuraev and Mikhail Proskuriakov who’ll be asked to take the accountability of trying to curb India’s passes, crosses and diagonal balls.
IND vs RUS Dream11 Forwards
It’s an entire Indian contingent which moves into our culminating facet with the hosts set to make things extremely harsh for the visiting side with their maverick attacking plays. They put in an extremely pleasing to the eye performance when these two outfits met previously, scoring 10 goals against the Russians and we fully envision the side to rummage past yet another staunch display today as well.
All of Akashdeep Singh, Lalit Upadhyay and Mandeep Sigh will work in tandem to manifest their tenacity, making the trivalent a part of our Dream 11 side.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Manpreet will be our side’s captain for this one while Akashdeep is the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.