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Savita Named Captain for Games Against the Dutch; Rani Rampal Probable

Goalkeeping stalwart Savita will proceed to steer the Indian ladies’s hockey crew whereas Deep Grace Ekka will probably be her deputy for the FIH Pro League double-header in opposition to the world No. 1 aspect, the Netherlands, on the Kalinga Stadium on April eight and 9.


While the 22-member crew record contains new faces in defender Mahima Choudhary and ahead Aishwarya Rajesh Chavan, skilled striker Rani Rampal has been named as a possible after a protracted damage lay-off.

She has been out of motion because the Tokyo Olympics final yr the place she led the crew to a historic fourth-place end.

The Indian crew for the double-header options Rajani Etimarpu because the second goalkeeper, whereas Grace Ekka will probably be assisted in defence by Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita, Rashmita Minz and Suman Devi Thoudam.

While chief coach Janneke Schopman expressed her disappointment at England’s lack of ability to tour India for the Pro League, she was hopeful that among the information faces will do effectively within the matches in opposition to the Dutch.

“It’s nice to be again on the sector for our Pro League video games in opposition to the Netherlands after the frustration of England not having the ability to go to. With our juniors taking part in the Junior World Cup, we have now the chance to make use of the depth of our core group and I’m excited to doubtlessly see some new faces on the sector making their debut in these video games.

“Rani has additionally labored laborious to be again in rivalry and if this coaching week goes effectively, I hope we will play her in one of many video games,” mentioned Schopman.

“The Netherlands are a formidable opponent, they’ve proven final weekend in opposition to the USA that they rating objectives simply and play from a good defence. We want to construct on our personal efficiency since our final video games vs Germany and am excited to hopefully present our progress in opposition to a robust opponent,” she added.

The Indian ladies’s crew is at present fourth on the Pro League desk, having performed six matches to date. They have received three matches and added some extent with a shootout win as effectively. The Netherlands, alternatively, have received 5 out of the six matches they’ve performed and have gained an additional level from a shootout win.

The squad:

Goalkeepers: Savita (captain), Rajani Etimarpu; Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita, Rashmita Minz, Suman Devi Thoudam, Midfielders: Nisha, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Jyoti, Navjot Kaur, Monika, Namita Toppo, Sonika, Neha, Mahima Choudhary; Forwards: Aishwarya Rajesh Chavan, Navneet Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Rani, Mariana Kujur.

Standbys: Upasana Singh, Preeti Dubey, Vandana Katariya.

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