NEW DELHI: Forward Rani Rampal was on Friday named as the captain of India’s 18-member team for the women’s hockey World Cup to be played in London next month.
Hockey India announces the 18-member Indian women’s squad for the important tournament which is slated to start on July 21.
India has been positioned in Pool B alongside hosts and world no. 2 England, world no. 7 USA and world no. 16 Ireland.
While knowledgeable Rani will lead the team, goalkeeper Savita has been named as her deputy.
The tournament will also witness the come again of goalkeeper Rajani Etimarpu after having rested for the Spain Tour.
India’s defense will consist of Sunita Lakra, Deep Grace Ekka, Deepika, drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur and Reena Khokhar who makes a comeback into the team.
In the midfield, Namita Toppo, Lilima Minz, Monika, Neha Goyal, Navjot Kaur and Nikki Pradhan will clutch fort.
Captain Rani come again to the team during their Spain Tour and will again be leading her team’s forward-line. The ace-striker will be connecting with the knowledgeable Vandana Katariya while Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, and Udita will also give them support in attack.
“It was not a simple decision to select the 18-member squad as all the core probably has worked really hard in the national camp. However, we think that this 18-member team will be the best mixture to be successful at the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018,” said chief coach Sjoerd Marijne.
On the team’s balance, the Dutchman said, “We have a good blend of experience and youth in the team. The current Spain Tour has given the team great confidence to do well at the World Cup. Our focus is on the initial match against England.
“In order to achieve our primary goal of qualifying for the quarterfinals, we can only think about the initial match against the hosts and the squad is excited and confident of opening well against them,” he added