Hockey India on Tuesday announced the 18-member squad for the upcoming FIH Women’s Hockey World Cup to be held in Netherlands and Spain from July 1, 2022.
The Indian team will be led by goalkeeper Savita while Deep Grace Ekka was named her deputy. Ace forward Rani Rampal has been omitted from the squad due to an injury.
Speaking on Rani’s injury and the team composition, chief coach Janneke Schopman said: “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. We will utilise the next ten days to fine-tune our game analysis from Pro League performances.”
India is grouped in Pool B alongside England, New Zealand and China. It will begin its campaign on July 3 against England, to which it lost the Bronze medal match in the Tokyo Olympics last year.
India had bowed out in the quarterfinals of the quadrennial event during the previous edition in 2018, with a defeat to Ireland in penalties.
Goalkeepers: Savita (C), Bichu Devi Kharibam
Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka (VC), Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita
Midfielders: Nisha, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Monika, Neha, Jyoti, Navjot Kaur, Sonika, Salima Tete
Forwards: Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Sharmila Devi
Replacement Players: Akshata Abaso Dhekale, Sangita Kumari