Hockey India on Tuesday named the 18-member Indian girls’s hockey crew for the FIH Women’s Hockey World Cup to be held in Netherlands and Spain ranging from 1st July to 17th July 2022. Noe notable absentee is Rani Rampal, as the previous skipper remains to be present process rehabilitation for a hamstring damage.
India grouped in Pool B together with England, New Zealand and China will start their marketing campaign on third July in opposition to nemesis England, to whom they misplaced the Bronze Medal within the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The Indian crew can be captained by ace goalkeeper Savita with Deep Grace Ekka as her deputy.
The 20-member squad consists of goalkeepers Savita and Bichu Devi Kharibam. Defenders Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita have been named within the squad together with midfielders Nisha, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Monika, Neha, Jyoti, Navjot Kaur, Sonika and Salima Tete.
The ahead line options the very skilled Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur and Sharmila Devi whereas proficient younger stars Akshata Abaso Dhekale and Sangita Kumari have been named as alternative gamers.
In the earlier version of the distinguished quadrennial occasion held in London, the Indian Team entered the quarterfinals however misplaced to Ireland in a shootout after 0-Zero stalemate in regulation time. Ireland, who ousted India 3-1 within the shootout, went on to play the Final of the World Cup and ended their marketing campaign with a Silver Medal.
Speaking in regards to the crew choice, Chief Coach Janneke Schopman mentioned, “We have chosen the best squad for the World Cup. It is a mix of experience and young talent who have shown great promise when they were given a chance against top teams in the FIH Pro League.”
“Except Rani, who is still not fully recovered from injury rehabilitation, the team has all the players who were part of the Olympic campaign with inclusions like Jyoti and Sonika who have done well in their roles when given a chance. We will also have Sangita and Akshata who will travel with the team as replacement players. The team is absolutely excited and eager to begin their World Cup campaign and we will utilize the next ten days to fine tune our game basis analysis from Pro League performances,” added Schopman.
The Indian crew will play their group stage matches in Amstelveen, Netherlands and in the event that they prime the group, they may play the Quarter Finals too in Amstelveen earlier than the crew strikes to Terrassa, Spain for the Semis and Final foundation qualification within the knockout stage. The crossover matches for pool B can be performed in Spain.
Indian Women’s Team for FIH Women’s World Cup:
1. Savita (C)
2. Bichu Devi Kharibam
3.Deep Grace Ekka (VC)
8. Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam
12. Navjot Kaur
14. Salima Tete
15. Vandana Katariya
17. Navneet Kaur
18. Sharmila Devi
19. Akshata Abaso Dhekale
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