Most of them have already won medals at other age-group events including the junior Asia Cup (2023) and last year's Sultan of Johor Cup.
"Playing in the ACT was vital for us because we got the opportunity to get some practice ahead of the Asian Games," said Rohidas.
Even with his short spell with the Indian team, Fulton has made a difference on more than one front, helping the team to lift the Asian Champions Trophy and secure the Paris Olympics quota.
"We will go through the Five Nations tournament and FIH Pro League before the Olympics, which will give us the chance to work on our weaknesses, but the aim is to win a gold medal in Paris", he says.
“Both teams had a bunch of international players, who have either played together or been together at the national camps.
In the first semifinal of the day, Abhishek scored in the 41st minute to give Haryana the lead, but BP Somanna of Tamil Nadu scored the equaliser with seconds remaining.
"With Paddy, it helps some players become a little bit more mentally aware. They can ask more questions, and it gives them mental skills to help deal with certain expectations.
Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, and Punjab emerged victorious in their respective quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals of the 13th Hockey India Senior Men’s National Championship, 2023.
On Monday, Karnataka will face Punjab in the semifinal, while in the rematch of the previous edition's final, Tamil Nadu will face Haryana in the second semifinal.
Punjab will face Manipur in the quarterfinal, who topped pool E with two wins and a draw.
Sandeep Sangwan, who was given the reins of the Haryana men's team in 2010, led the team to its maiden gold at the Goa National Games 2023.
The goalkeeper with the experience of more than 100 internationals started his senior career alongside veteran PR Sreejesh in 2018.
“We’re doing a lot of prep, so far it’s been good. Apart from practising, we have also been doing a lot of conditioning, and mental training,” shares Preeti, captain of the Indian squad.
For a player with more than 150 caps for India, it's the team around Upadhyay and the experience he has gained over the last nine years that keeps him going.
For the first time all the top Indian team current players and campers will represent their respective states and compete with each other.
The difference between Indian men’s team and the rest of Asia is vast at the moment; but the same cannot be said of the women’s team.
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India is coming into Thursday's match with a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Japan while South Korea also beat Thailand 3-0 on Tuesday.
India, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand are among the six teams who are prepared to compete.
The Jharkhand Government has launched ‘J-Guruji App’ (Guruji of Jharkhand) developed by the School Education and Literacy Department.