Commonwealth Games 2022: Savita Punia to Lead Indian Women’s Hockey Team

Commonwealth Games 2022: Savita Punia to Lead Indian Women's Hockey Team

New Delhi [India], June 23 : Hockey India Thursday named the 18-member Indian Women’s Hockey for the prestigious Commonwealth Games scheduled to begin on July 28 in Birmingham, England. India placed in pool A along with England, Canada, and Ghana and will begin their campaign 29th July Ghana. The will be Captained by Savita and Vice-Captained by experienced defender Deep Grace Ekka. FIH Pro League 2022: Indian Women’s Hockey Thrashes USA 4–0 To Finish 3rd in Debut Season.

The squad includes goalkeepers Savita and Rajani Etimarpu. Defenders Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita have been named in the squad along with midfielders Nisha, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Monika, Neha, Jyoti, Navjot Kaur and Salima Tete. The forward line features the very experienced Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Sharmila Devi and youngster Sangita Kumari. India Jump Two Places to 104 in FIFA Ranking.

In their previous outing at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, India had finished fourth after a loss to England in the Bronze medal match. However, after an impressive campaign in their maiden FIH Pro League where they finished overall third behind Argentina and the Netherlands, the Indian is keen a podium finish in Birmingham. Speaking about the selection, Chief Coach Janneke Schopman said, “We have chosen an experienced side for the Commonwealth Games and the players believe they have a good shot at a medal this time.”

“The team is upbeat after a good outing in the FIH Pro League matches and understands very well that the expectations are also high. We would have finished our World Cup campaign only days before the CWG so it was very essential for us to pick a physically fit team as the recovery time between the two events is just about 10 days,” added Schopman.

Indian Women’s Team for CWG 2022: Savita (C), Rajani Etimarpu, Deep Grace Ekka (VC), Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita, Nisha, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Monika, Neha, Jyoti, Navjot Kaur, Salima Tete, Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Sharmila Devi, Sangita Kumari.

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