Indian Football

Asian Cup: Igor Stimac replaces indisposed Ritwik Das with Deepak Tangri

Arjun Singh Devgan
India face Cambodia in their Asian Cup qualifying opener on June 8
India face Cambodia in their Asian Cup qualifying opener on June 8 / Pakawich Damrongkiattisak/GettyImages

India national team head coach, Igor Stimac announced that ATK Mohun Bagan midfielder, Deepak Tangri was included as a replacement for Ritwik Das for their squad for the 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers.

Das, who was named in the 26-member squad for the friendly against Jordan contracted chickenpox and will miss the qualifiers as a result. This gives Tangri the opportunity to impress in what is the first time he has been called up to the senior squad, having represented the India Under-20 and U-23 sides in the past.

"Ritwik Das was diagnosed with chickenpox recently, so we have brought in Deepak Tangri as his replacement. Deepak can play both positions in midfield, and as a central defender, where we actually prefer him," Stimac said at a press conference.

The Blue Tigers might also be without in-form striker, Liston Colaco who is still recovering from an injury as his absence could be a big blow for the side considering that he was brilliant for his club in the recently concluded AFC Cup - scoring a hat-trick in ATK Mohun Bagan's 4-0 win over Bashundhara Kings.

"Liston had joined us with an injury after the AFC Cup - so that's an area where we are looking into. He has done well with ATK Mohun Bagan, and he's a player who can provide real quality in one-on-one situations, and also can pass well, and score," he added.

India have been drawn in Group D alongside Hong Kong, Afghanistan and Cambodia in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers and will start their campaign when they face Cambodia on June 8 at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.