New Delhi, 11 January 2015: Amid the excitement ahead of the Hero Hockey India League 2015, India’s forward SK Uthappa is all set to rattle the grounds of the stadium with his impressive performance. Playing for Uttar Pradesh Wizards consecutively for the third time, Uthappa looks more confident on putting up a good show making it to the finals for his team this season.
In the first edition of the league, Uthappa without any failure showcased his talent and ability and helped the Uttar Pradesh-based franchisee claim the third spot win. However, in the second season of the league, the 23-year old player played with more maturity in order to materialize the given opportunities into goals. He got his name featured in the list of the ‘Man of the Match’ in the second season. In the same edition, he also got his name in the list of ‘Goal of the Match’ where the score was knotted to 1-1 against Delhi Waveriders.
With all the experience and skill set developed in the upcoming league, Uthappa is spotted sweating it out striving hard not to miss any scoring opportunities. With an aim to give a tough challenge to the opponents and come out as a stronger team, Uthappa will find support of the team’s strong forward- line. The forward position will see players like Tushar Khandker, Ramandeep Singh, Nikkin Thimmaiah and Jeroen Hertzberger to name a few.
Eagerly awaiting for the HHIL to begin, SK Uthappa said, “I am sure it will be a great season of Hero Hockey India League 2015. We not only have some of the best players from the world but also the top coaches. I am expecting that the team will do much well than what we did last season.”
Speaking further, he added, “I am looking to push a bit harder this year and make it to the top two and eventually emerge as the winners of the league. Not only it’s a good learning experience for us, but a great opportunity for every player to be a part of this league.”
The 3rd edition of the Hero Hockey India League will start from 22 January 2015. The opening day of the League will witness Kalinga Lancers taking on Ranchi Rays in Bhubaneswar.