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In Rani’s absence, Savita to lead Indian women in FIH Pro League; Sangita Kumari new face

In the absence of Rani Rampal, Savita will proceed to steer the aspect, whereas defender Deep Grace Ekka will probably be her deputy within the two-leg tie towards Spain on February 26 and 27

In the absence of Rani Rampal, Savita will proceed to steer the aspect, whereas defender Deep Grace Ekka will probably be her deputy within the two-leg tie towards Spain on February 26 and 27

Seasoned goalkeeper Savita was on February 21 named captain of the 22-member Indian group for the FIH Women’s Hockey Pro League tie towards Spain in Bhubaneswar this month.

In the absence of Rani Rampal, who remains to be recovering from an damage in Bengaluru, Savita will proceed to steer the aspect, whereas defender Deep Grace Ekka will probably be her deputy within the two-leg tie towards Spain on February 26 and 27.

Under the management of Savita, the Indian ladies completed third within the Asia Cup in Muscat, Oman final month.

The 22-member squad may have a brand new face in younger Jharkhand ahead Sangita Kumari, who will make her debut subsequent weekend.
The group has three goalkeepers in Savita, Rajani Etimarpu and Bichu Devi Khairbam, who’s an addition to the squad. Four gamers have been added to the Indian group from the Asia Cup squad.

Besides Bichu Devi, different three extra gamers are defender Ishika Chaudhary, midfielder Namita Toppo, striker duo of Sangita and Rajwinder Kaur.

Hockey India selectors additionally named 5 stand-by gamers — Rashmita Minz, Akshata Abaso Dhekale, Sonika, Mariana Kujur and Aishwarya Rajesh Chauvan — for the double-header.

Commenting on the group, chief coach Janneke Schopman mentioned, “We are excited to kick off our home Pro League games vs Spain. We had two good training weeks after our return from Oman and I believe the selected 22 players will be ready to show what they can against Spain.

“When you have a strong pool of players, team selection always becomes difficult but I am happy to see that the new players are improving a lot and showing a lot of promise.” Schopman mentioned India must be on their toes to get the higher of Spain of their FIH Pro League tie.

“Spain is a strong opponent, they have consistently performed at a high level only narrowly missing out on the semi-finals in Tokyo and clinching the bronze medal in the last World Cup.

“They are very skilful and play from a tight defence, so we are looking to use our own speed and skills and strong defence to compete well against them.”

Team

Goalkeepers: Savita (Captain), Bichu Devi Kharibam, Rajani Etimarpu.

Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka (Vice-captain), Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita, Ishika Chaudhary.

Midfielders: Nisha, Salima Tete, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Jyoti, Monika, Neha, Navjot Kaur, Namita Toppo.

Forwards: Vandana Katariya, Sharmila Devi, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Sangita Kumari, Rajwinder Kaur.

Standbys: Rashmita Minz, Akshata Abaso Dhekale, Sonika, Mariana Kujur, Aishwarya Rajesh Chavan.

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