New Delhi: Goalkeeper Bharat Kumar Chetri will lead the Indian hockey team in the men's Champions Challenge I tournament at Johannesburg from Nov 26 to Dec 4.

Former captain Rajpal Singh, who is recuperating from an injury, has been left out of the squad.

Striker Shivendra Singh will return after being out of the team with a collarbone injury.

India have been drawn in pool A with Belgium, Poland and host South Africa.

Pool B consists of Canada, Argentina, Malaysia and Japan.

Team: Bharat Kumar Chetri (Captain), Tushar Khandker (vice captain), Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran, Manjeet Kullu, Rupinder Pal Singh, VR Raghunath, Sandeep Singh, Gurbaj Singh, Sardar Singh, Arjun Halappa, Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Sarvanjit Singh, Yuvraj Walmiki, SV Sunil, Danish Mujtaba, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Shivendra Singh.