What would a crew of the most effective gamers on the planet appear like?

What would a crew of the most effective present hockey gamers appear like? With the lads’s World Cup beginning on January 13, the place the world’s greatest gamers will compete in Odisha, we drew up a fantasy XI.

The crew (plus seven substitutes) is chosen based mostly on present kind, big-tournament expertise and performances during the last 4 years. There are just a few apparent massive names but additionally some proficient children.

Goalkeeper – Vincent Vanasch (Belgium)

It was a toss-up between the 2 greatest goalkeepers on the planet — Vanasch and India’s PR Sreejesh. Each have loads of expertise and are sometimes at their greatest within the massive tournaments. Vanasch, a three-time FIH Goalkeeper of the 12 months, was very important in Belgium profitable the Tokyo Olympics gold medal and the World Cup.

Possibly the pinnacle coach (we’ll get to him shortly) may use Sreejesh and Vanasch alternately each quarter.

Defenders – Jake Harvie (Australia), Arthur Van Doren (Belgium), Harmanpreet Singh (India), Alexander Hendrickx (Belgium)

Harvie was excellent within the current collection in opposition to India, exploiting the area on the correct to penetrate the circle. He is fast on the ball and dependable in the case of protection as effectively.

Van Doren is among the astute readers of the sport. Give him the ball and area and he’ll all the time decide the correct go from the protection to provoke the assault.

Harmanpreet and Hendrickx is a dream mixture in the case of penalty corners. Think about the phobia when each these gamers stand on the double battery to execute these dragflicks of theirs.

Midfielders: Hardik Singh (India), Aran Zalewski (Australia), Zach Wallace (England)

Hardik over his teammate and former captain Manpreet Singh largely as a result of his current kind has been actually good for India. Be it urgent or monitoring the attackers or bypassing the defenders with a pinpoint go, Hardik can do all of it.

Zalewski, co-captain of Australia, will lead this crew. He has performed greater than 200 matches for his nationwide crew, received many tournaments and medals and is rock stable in the midst of the pitch.

Including a little bit of creativity, depth and 3D abilities within the midfield and on the flanks is Wallace. He is simply 23 and perhaps brief on expertise, however his technical means makes up for it.

Forwards: Blake Govers (Australia), Thierry Brinkman (Netherlands), Tom Boon (Belgium)

Govers + Brinkman + Boon = a mixed whole of 325 worldwide objectives. That is simply enormous; with each Govers and Boon every scoring greater than 100.

The added benefit is that they’ll additionally make objectives for one another and their teammates.

Substitutes: PR Sreejesh (India), Abhishek (India), Gonzalo Peillat (Germany), Sean Findlay (New Zealand), David Condon (England), Lucas Toscani (Argentina), Martin Zwicker (Germany)

The idea of substitutions has modified since hockey began rolling substitutions. Every participant within the line-up is anticipated to be concerned and play their components.

As we might earlier talked about, Sreejesh and Vanasch can play two quarters every within the match. Abhishek is usually a good addition within the midfield or as an attacker, can play the correct passes and is an excellent finisher. Peillat is thought for his legendary penalty nook exploits with Argentina however will now play for Germany. Peillat’s addition will make it 4 specialists for penalty corners (together with Govers), which is certainly a dream. Condon and Zwicker (a mixed whole of 400+ matches) will make the midfield extra practical.

Head coach: Graham Reid (present India coach)

Reid has performed an enormous function in enhancing the Indian males’s senior crew. They completed final on the London Olympics and eighth at Rio, however below Reid, they clinched the bronze on the Tokyo Olympics and completed third within the final Professional League season.

Reid is an ideal candidate to educate this dream crew, though there should not be a lot ‘teaching’ to be finished with these gamers. Reid does wonderful man administration, and this crew will want extra of that than pure technical teaching.

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