Saturday, March 31, 2018

Asian Games 2018: Anup Kumar, Manjeet Chhillar not included in India's list of probables

It is not yeat clear whether Anup Kumar has unofficially retired from the international scene.

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In what comes as yet another shock, living legend and captain of the Indian kabaddi team, Anup Kumar has once again been excluded from the list of 42 probables for the 2018 Asian Games.

The players, who are currently undergoing a training camp in Haryana will travel to Jakarta, Indonesia ahead of the tournament, which begins on August 18. This is not the first time that U Mumba captain Anup has been dropped from the squad.

Back in November, Sportskeeda had reported about his exclusion from the squad for the Asian Championship, which India eventually ended up winning by beating Pakistan in the final. It's not yet clear though if Kumar has unofficially retired from the international stage or is his unimpressive form, or maybe even an injury is the reason for this.

Anup, who finished the first season 1 as the best raider in the league, found it difficult to impose his authority in the last campaign. He finished the tournament with just 112 points in 21 games. Will the Indian team miss his leadership skills? The answer to that question will only unfold with time.

Among the veterans, Manjeet Chhillar and Jasvir Singh were also dropped, thus raising the question - are the selectors doing away with the old guard and pinning their hopes on the younger players?

Here is the complete list of 42 probables, who are currently part of the selection process and camp in Haryana. Only a handful of these players will make the final cut.

List of Probables: Manoj Kumar, Parvesh, Amit Nagar, Darshan, Ashish Sangwan, Sandeep Narwal, Surender Nada, Ajay Thakur, Vishal Bhardwaj, Mohit Chhillar, Rajesh Monda, Vikash Khandola, Nitesh B.R, Prapanjan, Prashant Rai, Sukesh Hegde, Girish Ernak, Nilesh Salunke, Rishank Devadiga, Sachin Shingade, Vikas Kale, Mahesh Gaud, Manoj, Maninder Singh, Deepak Niwas Hooda, Kamal, Rajulal Chaudhary, Sachin Tanwar, Wazir Singh, Jaideep, Monu Goyat, Nitesh, Nitin Tomar, Rohit Kumar, Surjeet, Surjeet Singh, Ranjeet Chandrarn, Gangadar, Abhishek Singh, Rahul Chaudhari. Nitin Rawal and Pardeep Narwal.

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