Young beneficiaries

Mandeep Singh (17)

Position: Forward

Team: Ranchi Rhinos

The find of the tournament. He is the second-highest goalscorer behind Sandeep Singh but has the most number of field goals to his name (7). Mandeep has shown predatory instincts and can beat the defenders with pace. But he needs to improve his awareness on the pitch. The striker was rewarded with a place in the Indian squad for the World League and Azlan Shah.

Malak Singh (20)

Position: Forward

Team: Punjab Warriors

Apart from Mandeep Singh, he is one of the few Indian strikers who has managed to create an impact of sorts in the HIL. Young Malak had four goals to his name at the end of group stage and was effective in the attacking third, earning several penalty corners for his side. His performance here was rewarded with a place in the Azlan Shah Cup. 

Harbir Singh (22)

Position: Defender

Team: Uttar Pradesh Wizards

Coach Oltmans didn't have to think twice when asked to name the most improved player in his squad. Harbir has been rock-solid at the back, with clean tackling and great positioning. Whenever demanded, he ventured up front to become an extra attacker. Harbir reads the game well, which helps him fend off the opposition's moves.

Satbir Singh (19)

Position: Forward

Team: Mumbai Magicians

He fetched a whopping 968 per cent more than his base price at the auction. The youngster showed flashes of brilliance on the wings, but lacked the consistency he shows in domestic tournaments. Perhaps, that was more because of the instability in the Mumbai team. Satbir remains the one to watch out for in the upcoming tournaments.

Amit Rohidas (19)

Position: Defender

Team: Ranchi Rhinos

The young defender from Orissa has been a part of the national setup for quite most of last year and with the experience he has gained, one would expect him to make a mark in 2013. Rohidas is strong, well-built and technical sharp. He was a regular starter for Ranchi in the HIL and earned appreciation of his coach for consistent performances at the back.

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