HIL 2017: UP Wizards, a good blend of experience and youth

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Luckow : The much-awaited Hockey India League (HIL) is all set to commence from January 21 in Mumbai. The 2017 season will be a cracking one as all the teams are beaming to claim the glory.

Indian ace dragflicker and defender VR Raghunath has sounded a caution that the Uttar Pradesh Wizards will be the team to watch out for in this season.

Apart from Raghunath, the UP Wizards team features Indian senior men’s team skipper PR Sreejesh, India forwards Ramandeep Singh and Akashdeep Singh, midfielder Chinglensana Singh Kanjugam apart from junior India colts’ defender Gurinder Singh. The team also includes a formidable line-up of foreign players such as Netherlands Sander Baart, Wouter Jolie and Seve van Ass, Australia’s Edward Ockenden, 2016 Olympic Gold medalists from Argentina Agustin Mazilli and Gonzalo Peillat.


Raghunath, has over 200 international caps in the senior men’s team which makes him one of the most experienced players in the squad. 

Six teams will feature in Hockey India League- Ranchi Rays, Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Delhi Waveriders, Kalinga Lancers, Dabang Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh Wizards