Ace drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh will lead Delhi Waveriders in the upcoming fifth edition of the Hockey India League (HIL), starting January 21.
Rupinder will take charge of the team from New Zealand’s Simon Child, who has been named as the vice-captain. Rupinder, who was part of the 2014 Asian Games gold medal-winning Indian team, will lead a young squad, which includes Austin Smith of South Africa, Argentina’s Manuel Brunet, Vincent Vanasch of Belgium and Indians Vikas Dahiya, Mandip Antil and Pardeep Singh. The Waveriders also have in their disposal two promising Indian players, Junior World Cup-winning side captain Harjeet Singh and 19-year-old Mandeep Singh.
Coach Cedric D’Souza said, “With some of the players from last year unavailable, we have done our best to fill the gaps with top quality.”