The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup is an annual international men’s field hockey tournament which is hosted in Malaysia. It was incepted in 1983 and used to take place every two years. After 1998 because of its popularity, the tournament became an annual event. It is named after the ninth Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) of Malaysia, Sultan Azlan Shah who was a huge fan of field hockey.
The 28th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019 will open to a ? encounter when Team India takes on Asian Games Gold medallists Japan on 23rd March!
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) March 22, 2019
Australia has won the tournament the most number of times. The Kangaroos have won the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 10 times in 1983, 1988, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018. They are the current champions and a team to beat.
India has won the cup four times in 1985, 1991, 1995 and 2009, also in 2010, India shared the trophy along with South Korea. Germany, New Zealand and Great Britain have won the coveted trophy twice. Argentina and the Netherlands have won it once.
Continent-wise, Oceania has won 12 titles, followed by Asia with 9 titles, Europe has 5 and America has 1.
Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019 Prediction
Played – 5
Won – 5
A ? for ??
India will look to carry forward their winning momentum into 2019 when they take on the mighty Japanese in the opening encounter tomorrow. Will they make it 6 in a row?#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/eSv13uIY7F
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) March 22, 2019
The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019 will be held in Ipoh, Malaysia. The Indian Hockey Team will begin their campaign with a match against Japan on March 23. Considering their head-to-head history against the Japanese, this will be a winnable fixture for the Men in Blue.
The Indian team will play play against South Korea on March 24. Their last encounter in the Asian Games was an entertaining affair which India won 5-3. Although the Koreans may cause some trouble, this fixture can also be won,
Lastly, they play the tough hosts and Asian Games Silver medallist Malaysia on March 26. Although traditionally, India have had an upper hand over the Asian nation, Malaysia have been resurgent in the last few years.
They were victorious in the semi finals of the 2018 Asian Games, where they downed the Men in Blue in penalty shootout by 6-7. Thus, defeating Malaysia could be an uphill task for India of the three fixtures.
Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Men’s International Hockey Tournament Schedule :
|23 March 2019||1||13:35||India Vs Japan|
|2||15:35||Canada Vs Korea|
|3||18:05||Malaysia Vs Poland|
|24 March 2019||4||13:35||India Vs Korea|
|5||15:35||Poland Vs Korea|
|6||18:05||Japan Vs Malaysia|
|26 March 2019||7||13:35||Japan Vs Canada|
|8||15:35||Poland Vs Korea|
|9||18:05||Malaysia Vs India|
|27 March 2019||10||13:35||Poland Vs Japan|
|11||15:35||Canada Vs India|
|12||18:05||Korea Vs Malaysia|
|29 March 2019||13||13:35||India Vs Poland|
|14||15:35||Korea Vs Japan|
|15||18:05||Malaysia Vs Canada|
|30 March 2019||16||13:10||5/6th place|
Indian Squad for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
Team India gears up to start their first International Campaign of 2019! Take a good look at the 18-Member squad of the Indian Men's Hockey Team who will be seen in action at the 28th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019 (Men) from 23rd March 2019 in Ipoh, Malaysia.#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/qh8MfuY2GB
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) March 6, 2019
Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh, Krishan B Pathak
Defenders: Gurinder Singh, Surender Kumar (vice-captain), Varun Kumar, Birendra Lakra, Amit Rohidas, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam
Midfielders: Hardik Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Sumit, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Manpreet Singh (captain)
Forwards: Mandeep Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Gurjant Singh, Shilanand Lakra, Sumit Kumar
Young Indian Squad
“It is unfortunate that we will be missing some key players for the 28th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019 due to injury. However, it is important for them to return to 100 per cent fitness ahead of the FIH Series Final, which is a crucial tournament in our quest for 2020 Olympic berth and so they will continue to remain in Bengaluru and work on their rehabilitation,” said David John, HI’s High-Performance Director.
“It is a relatively young side but each of these players have tremendous potential and have a good amount of international exposure. It is important to see how they fair in Malaysia as it will show the depth we possess in the core group ahead of the Olympic Qualification events this year,” added John, who is currently in charge of the team in the absence of a full-time chief coach.
We will take one match at a time: Captain Manpreet Singh
Skipper Manpreet Singh, talking before the tournament said, “Though we are the highest ranked team in the tournament, we cannot get ahead of ourselves and have to take one match at a time rather than thinking directly about the final, as we have some tough encounters, to begin with. Each step is important and the objective will be to ensure that we come out victorious in all our matches.”