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Shanglakpam Nilakanta Sharma is an Indian field hockey player who plays as a midfielder for the Indian national team.He was part of the Indian squad that won the 2016 Men's Hockey Junior World Cup.
The Indian men's hockey team midfielder Nilakanta Sharma, who has played 57 matches for the national side, has said he is extremely fortunate to have the chance of playing alongside captain Manpreet Singh.
Enriched by his experience during the Argentina tour, attacking midfielder Nilakanta Sharma now hopes to carry his current run of form into the Olympics. He also feels that recent results have given the Indian men's hockey team some momentum going into the big-ticket event.
India got off to a winning start on Tuesday as they defeated Olympic Champions Argentina 4-3 in the first practice match.
Playing their first international match in over 12 months, the Indian men's hockey team led by PR Sreejesh put up a scintillating show as they outclassed hosts Germany 6-1 in the first of their four-match Europe tour on Sunday.
Indian men's hockey team midfielder Nilakanta Sharma said the team is focused on maintaining fitness despite the coronavirus lockdown.Nilakanta, who has been part of the Indian squad for major tournaments such as the Hockey Men's World Cup 2018 and FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2019, feels his experience will be a 'big bonus' for the team in the next year's Tokyo Olympics.The 25-year-old said he and captain Manpreet Singh communicate well on the field and the latter motivates everybody.
The Indian men's hockey team produced a masterful performance to beat World No. 8 Spain 6-1 in their second match of the Tour of Belgium in Antwerp on Saturday.
India defeat Russia 10-0 in their first match of the FIH Men's Series Finals at Kalinga Stadium here on Thursday.